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(as) large as a barge
Exceptionally large, bulky, or fat. Tom used to be really athletic in high school, but he's become as large as a barge in the last few years. When she said she bought a boat, I was expecting a little schooner or something, but this thing was large as a barge! This package is practically as large as a barge! How do you expect me to carry it to the post office?
barge in on (someone or something)
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.
1. To abruptly 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.
be (as) large as a barge
To be exceptionally large, bulky, or fat. Tom used to be really athletic in high school, but he's put on a ton of weight. He's as large as a barge now. When she said she bought a boat, I was expecting a little schooner or something, but this thing was large as a 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.
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.
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!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
(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!
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!
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.