wouldn't touch something/someone with a barge pole

wouldn't touch something/someone with a barge pole

BRITISH or

wouldn't touch something/someone with a ten-foot pole

AMERICAN
If you say that you wouldn't touch something or someone with a barge pole, you mean that you do not want to have anything to do with them. The history of the building kept the price down. No one would touch it with a barge pole. A woman like that wouldn't touch me with a ten-foot pole. Note: A barge pole is a very long pole that is used to move a barge (= a long, flat boat) forward.
See also: barge, pole, something, touch
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