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*poles apart

very different; far from coming to an agreement. (Alludes to the distance between the north and south poles. *Typically: be ~; become ~; grow ~.) Mr. and Mrs. Jones don't get along well. They are poles apart. They'll never sign the contract because they are poles apart.
See also: apart, pole

poles apart

In complete opposition, as in The two brothers were poles apart in nearly all their views. This expression alludes to the two extremities of the earth's axis, the North and South poles. [Early 1900s]
See also: apart, pole

poles apart

COMMON If two people, ideas, or situations are poles apart, they are very different. In social and political terms, the two men were poles apart. The final goals of both sides are poles apart and the negotiations will be tough. Note: The reference here is to the north and south poles.
See also: apart, pole
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Poles Apart, currently on a national tour, centres on the class and cultural clashes that happen when a team of scaffolders come into contact with a group of thesps.
Poles Apart founder, Jan Mokrzyczki, 80, claims he was told the show faces the axe because there will be no local broadcasts on the station after 6pm.
But photographer Miguel Lasa's talent has now been laid 'bear' to prove he's poles apart from the average snapper.
action in Kent seems to be poles apart from the the proposals for the Bala/Corwen area where the remotest villages have been specifically targeted and small part-time offices near the towns are unaffected.
Used to a busy diary of business and charity commitments, her lifestyle is clearly poles apart from her hosts, but Sarah has gone through - and recovered from - issues that affect many families.
Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell says it would be "completely pointless" for him to meet the county's chief fire officer Brian Hesler, as they are poles apart on the controversial, pounds 10m reforms.
Men and women are poles apart when it comes to defining the perfect feminine form, the survey suggested.
Our understanding of the current interim proposals is that both sides are using a similar framework but are poles apart on a solution," Rogel said.
Their poles apart privilege was predictable but what was most evident wasn't the education plenty of cash can buy, but the confidence that comes with knowing you'll always be alright.
Dr Jan Mokrzycki, Originator of Poles Apart, Past president, Federation of Poles in Great Britain.
Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has said the poor run will end, tipping his boys to land a 1-0 shock tonight, but RPSPORT is firmly in the English camp at 21-20 as Roy's boys can continue to show they are poles apart from a team they have routinely beaten in previous campaigns.
The two sisters are poles apart and can't stand each other.
The sexy adaptation, as apparent from the trailer, is poles apart from the original film, which followed the hilarious trio as they told jokes and got themselves into sticky situations, the Daily mail reported.
THE consultation for the controversial Local Development Framework has come to an end with both sides still poles apart.
Although poles apart politically we both consider that honesty and integrity are two values that must be prevalent in public life.