wouldn't touch something/someone with a barge pole
not touch (someone or something) with a barge pole
To not want to become in any way involved in or with something or someone. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Ever since the tax scandal in our last company, employers won't touch us with a barge pole. Get that cocaine away from me, I wouldn't touch that with a barge pole!
wouldn't touch something/someone with a barge poleBRITISH or
wouldn't touch something/someone with a ten-foot poleAMERICAN
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.