Definition of greasy pole in English:

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  • 1A pole covered with grease to make it more difficult to climb or walk along, used especially as a form of entertainment.
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    • There was sailing throughout the morning, with water sports in the afternoon, including the best dressed boat, rowing races, assault boat and walking the greasy pole.
    • Dressed in coloured T-shirts and shorts, teams of firemen, hairdressers, bank clerks and builders would wobble across plastic stepping stones, slide down greasy poles and dodge jets of water from strategically-placed hoses.
    • The greasy pole and pillow fighting contests provided great fun and frolics, while the raft and punt races were the big attraction on the day.
  • 1.1Used to refer to the difficult route to the top of a profession: he steadily climbed the greasy pole towards the job he coveted most
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    • He was unhappily married, bored with parish duties and ill-equipped to climb the ecclesiastical greasy pole, but his talents were finally being recognised.
    • It'll just be a formality on your relentless climb up the greasy pole…
    • He remained a Daily Telegraph columnist and Spectator editor as he started to climb the greasy pole at Westminster.

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