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*poles apart

very different; far from coming to an agreement. (Alludes to the distance between the north and south poles. *Typically: be ~; become ~; grow ~.) Mr. and Mrs. Jones don't get along well. They are poles apart. They'll never sign the contract because they are poles apart.
See also: apart, pole

poles apart

In complete opposition, as in The two brothers were poles apart in nearly all their views. This expression alludes to the two extremities of the earth's axis, the North and South poles. [Early 1900s]
See also: apart, pole
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An insider said: 'Talks have broken down and the two sides are poles apart.
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But softly-spoken actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor said the reason he can portray Nidge so convincingly is because he is poles apart from his sinister alter-ego.
He said: "The Liberal Democrats campaigned on the grounds they would cap tuition fees and then eventually abolish them, but higher education was one of the few areas in which they were poles apart from the Conservatives.
The two parties are poles apart on key issues and they will be rightly accused of selling out for power if they do broker a deal.
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Both the captain and coach are going poles apart when it comes to matters concerning the team, The News reports.
We are poles apart when it comes to the money they are paying but it's a local derby.