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barge in on

To abruptly and rudely interrupt or intrude on someone or something without warning. My bedroom is a private place, you can't just barge in on me like that! John thought he'd found the door to the restroom, but he accidentally barged in on the board meeting instead.
See also: barge, on

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!
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black-silk barge

slang A fat woman. Primarily heard in UK. I hate to say that Jenny's a black-silk barge, but she's gained so much weight that I barely recognize her.
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barge in(to)

1. To abruptly and/or rudely interrupt or intrude on someone or something without warning. My bedroom is a private place, you can't just barge in like that! John thought he'd found the door to the restroom, but he accidentally barged into the board meeting instead.
2. To collide with another person or thing. In this usage, "into" is always used. She cut her forehead when she barged into the bookcase. I rounded the corner and nearly barged into Tara.
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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.
See also: barge, pole, touch

barge in

(on someone or something) Fig. to break in on someone or something; to interrupt someone or something. Oh! I'm sorry. I didn't mean to barge in on you. They barged in on the church service and caused a commotion. Please don't interrupt me! You can't just barge in like that!
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barge in (to some place)

Fig. to go or come rudely into some place. He just barged right in without knocking. Don't barge in like that, without letting us know you're here!
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barge into someone or something

Fig. to bump or crash into someone or something, possibly on purpose. She just barged into me and nearly knocked me over. Tom tripped, barged into the water cooler, and hurt his knee.
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barge in

Enter rudely or abruptly, intrude. For example, Her mother never knocks but just barges in. The term is also put as barge into or barge in on to mean interrupt, as in Who asked you to barge into our conversation? These phrases use to barge in the sense of "bump into" or "knock against," which may allude to the propensity of these clumsy vessels to collide with other craft. [Late 1800s]
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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.

barge in

v.
1. To intrude and disrupt: The party was going fine until some uninvited guests barged in.
2. barge in on To intrude on and disrupt some activity or group: I wish you hadn't barged in on the meeting—that was very rude. We were playing cards when my brother barged in on us and told us the news.
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