Definition of bargepole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːdʒpəʊl/


A long pole used to propel a barge and fend off obstacles.
Example sentences
  • Ropes were cast off and stevedores moved in with bargepoles to keep the hull clear of the wharf.
  • Caddick's arrival was in the nick of time, for the rest of England's attack was as blunt as a bargepole.
  • Pass me a couple of them ten foot bargepole please.


would not touch someone/thing with a bargepole

informal Used to express a refusal to have anything to do with someone or something: relax, I wouldn’t touch you with a bargepole! snow rafting is potentially so dangerous that no American resort will touch it with a bargepole
More example sentences
  • Why should I pay for stuff like the Olympics on the BBC, which are so boring to most people that ITV wouldn't touch them with a bargepole?
  • A vast number of people admit to having had feelings for ‘a friend’ (well, except for the people who sensibly wouldn't touch the question with a bargepole).
  • Personally, I wouldn't touch these firms with a bargepole.

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