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Definition of greasy pole in English:

noun

informal
1A pole covered with grease to make it more difficult to climb or walk along, used especially as a form of entertainment.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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