not touch (someone or something) with a barge pole

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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!
See also: barge, not, pole, touch
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He said: "I've been approached for several projects and, quite frankly, I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.
She said: "As a teacher, I go into some schools thinking I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole.
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