not touch (someone or something) with a ten-foot pole

Definition of not touch (someone or something) with a ten-foot pole

US, informal
:to refuse to go near or become involved with (someone or something)
  • That investment is too risky. I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole.

Word by Word Definitions

touch play
  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

  2. : to put hands upon in any way or degree

  3. : to take into the hands or mouth

  1. : the act or fact of touching

  2. : the special sense by which pressure or traction exerted on the skin or mucous membrane is perceived

  3. : a specified sensation that arises in response to stimulation of the tactile receptors : feel

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

pole play
  1. : a long slender usually cylindrical object (such as a length of wood)

  2. : a shaft which extends from the front axle of a wagon between wheelhorses and by which the wagon is drawn : tongue

  3. : a long staff of wood, metal, or fiberglass used in the pole vault

  1. : to act upon with a pole

  2. : to impel or push with a pole

  3. : to propel a boat with a pole

  1. : either extremity of an axis of a sphere and especially of the earth's axis

  2. : either of two related opposites

  3. : a point of guidance or attraction

  1. : a native or inhabitant of Poland

  2. : a person of Polish descent


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