not touch (someone or something) with a bargepole

Definition of not touch (someone or something) with a bargepole

British, informal

  1. :  to refuse to go near or become involved with (someone or something) That investment is too risky. I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole.

Word by Word Definitions

touchplay
  1. :  to bring a bodily part into contact with especially so as to perceive through the tactile sense :  handle or feel gently usually with the intent to understand or appreciate

    :  to strike or push lightly especially with the hand or foot or an implement

    :  to lay hands upon (one afflicted with scrofula) with intent to heal

  1. :  a light stroke, tap, or push

    :  a hit against an opponent in fencing

    :  the act or fact of touching

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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