wouldn't touch it with a bargepole

wouldn't touch it with a bargepole

Would not do or be involved with something at all; would not get close to something. Primarily heard in UK. Do you really think I'm the person to call when you see a spider? I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole! I know that Sue is a terrible cook, so I wouldn't touch that meal with a bargepole!
See also: bargepole, touch
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For every lawyer with ambitions to be a politician I can show you a hundred who wouldn't touch it with a bargepole - myself included
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I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole unless I have absolutely no doubt that the firm is a 100 per cent household name that I would trust implicitly.
ALTON Towers bosses have snubbed an offer to buy the Dome's Body Zone figure - saying they wouldn't touch it with a bargepole.
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