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pole

  
  ( poles    plural  )
1       n-count   A pole is a long thin piece of wood or metal, used especially for supporting things.  
The truck crashed into a telegraph pole..., He reached up with a hooked pole to roll down the metal shutter.     
2       n-count   The earth's poles are the two opposite ends of its axis, its most northern and southern points.  
For six months of the year, there is hardly any light at the poles.     
    North Pole  
    South Pole  
3       n-count   The two poles of a range of qualities, opinions, or beliefs are the completely opposite qualities, opinions, or beliefs at either end of the range.  
The two politicians represent opposite poles of the political spectrum.     
4    If you say that two people or things are poles apart, you mean that they have completely different beliefs, opinions, or qualities.  
poles apart      phrase   v-link PHR     (emphasis)   


barge pole      , bargepole  
If you say that you wouldn't touch something with a barge pole, you mean that you would not want to have anything to do with it, either because you do not trust it, or because you do not like it.  
  (BRIT)  
INFORMAL  
would not touch sb/sth with a barge pole/bargepole      phrase   V inflects  
in AM, use wouldn't touch something with a ten-foot pole     
North Pole     
TheNorth Pole is the place on the surface of the earth which is farthest towards the north.      n-proper   usu the N  
Pole        ( Poles    plural  ) A Pole is a Polish citizen, or a person of Polish origin.      n-count  
pole-axed      , poleaxed  
If someone is pole-axed, they are so surprised or shocked that they do not know what to say or do.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
INFORMAL      adj   usu v-link ADJ  
Sitting pole-axed on the sofa, Mahoney stared in astonishment at the spectacle before him.     
pole position        ( pole positions    plural  ) When a racing car is in pole position, it is in front of the other cars at the start of a race.      n-uncount   also N in pl  
pole vault     
The pole vault is an athletics event in which athletes jump over a high bar, using a long flexible pole to help lift themselves up.      n-sing   the N  
pole vaulter        ( pole vaulters    plural  ) A pole vaulter is an athlete who performs the pole vault.      n-count  
South Pole     
The South Pole is the place on the surface of the earth which is farthest towards the south.      n-proper   the N  
telegraph pole        ( telegraph poles    plural  ) A telegraph pole is a tall wooden pole with telephone wires attached to it, connecting several different buildings to the telephone system.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use telephone pole     
telephone pole        ( telephone poles    plural  ) A telephone pole is a tall wooden pole with telephone wires attached to it, connecting several different buildings to the telephone system.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use telegraph pole     
totem pole        ( totem poles    plural  ) A totem pole is a long wooden pole with symbols and pictures carved and painted on it. Totem poles are made by some Native American peoples and placed outside their homes.      n-count  
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Pole        ( Poles    plural  ) A Pole is a Polish citizen, or a person of Polish origin.      n-count  


barge pole      , bargepole  
If you say that you wouldn't touch something with a barge pole, you mean that you would not want to have anything to do with it, either because you do not trust it, or because you do not like it.  
  (BRIT)  
INFORMAL  
would not touch sb/sth with a barge pole/bargepole      phrase   V inflects  
in AM, use wouldn't touch something with a ten-foot pole     
North Pole     
TheNorth Pole is the place on the surface of the earth which is farthest towards the north.      n-proper   usu the N  
pole     ( poles    plural  )
1       n-count   A pole is a long thin piece of wood or metal, used especially for supporting things.  
The truck crashed into a telegraph pole..., He reached up with a hooked pole to roll down the metal shutter.     
2       n-count   The earth's poles are the two opposite ends of its axis, its most northern and southern points.  
For six months of the year, there is hardly any light at the poles.     
    North Pole  
    South Pole  
3       n-count   The two poles of a range of qualities, opinions, or beliefs are the completely opposite qualities, opinions, or beliefs at either end of the range.  
The two politicians represent opposite poles of the political spectrum.     
4    If you say that two people or things are poles apart, you mean that they have completely different beliefs, opinions, or qualities.  
poles apart      phrase   v-link PHR     (emphasis)   
pole-axed      , poleaxed  
If someone is pole-axed, they are so surprised or shocked that they do not know what to say or do.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
INFORMAL      adj   usu v-link ADJ  
Sitting pole-axed on the sofa, Mahoney stared in astonishment at the spectacle before him.     
pole position        ( pole positions    plural  ) When a racing car is in pole position, it is in front of the other cars at the start of a race.      n-uncount   also N in pl  
pole vault     
The pole vault is an athletics event in which athletes jump over a high bar, using a long flexible pole to help lift themselves up.      n-sing   the N  
pole vaulter        ( pole vaulters    plural  ) A pole vaulter is an athlete who performs the pole vault.      n-count  
South Pole     
The South Pole is the place on the surface of the earth which is farthest towards the south.      n-proper   the N  
telegraph pole        ( telegraph poles    plural  ) A telegraph pole is a tall wooden pole with telephone wires attached to it, connecting several different buildings to the telephone system.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
in AM, use telephone pole     
telephone pole        ( telephone poles    plural  ) A telephone pole is a tall wooden pole with telephone wires attached to it, connecting several different buildings to the telephone system.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use telegraph pole     
totem pole        ( totem poles    plural  ) A totem pole is a long wooden pole with symbols and pictures carved and painted on it. Totem poles are made by some Native American peoples and placed outside their homes.      n-count  

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pole

  
[1]  
      n   bar, mast, post, rod, shaft, spar, staff, standard, stick  

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pole   [2]  
      n  
1    antipode, extremity, limit, terminus  
2    poles apart      at opposite ends of the earth, at opposite extremes, incompatible, irreconcilable, miles apart, widely separated, worlds apart  

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