I wouldn't touch (something or someone) with a barge pole

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I wouldn't touch (something or someone) with a barge pole

I do not want to become in any way involved in or with something or someone. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Get that cocaine away from me, I wouldn't touch that junk with a barge pole! You might think John is attractive, but I wouldn't touch him with a barge pole. He seems like a creep.
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That said 'data from Electra Link, the energy market research company shows that almost 23,000 smart meters have been replaced after becoming inoperable following a change of provider', the idiom springs to mind 'I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole', whether they are a health hazard or not.
But I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. I think your strength and independence is wonderful.
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