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be poles apart
To be very different in behavior or views; to be in opposition. Unfortunately, the two sides are still poles apart in their negotiations. My sister and I are very close now, but we were poles apart growing up and fought all the time.
be poles apart differ greatly in nature or opinion.
be ˈpoles/ˈworlds apart be widely separated; have no interests that you share: Politically, the two leaders are poles apart. ♢ What you learn in the classroom and what happens on the job are often worlds apart.