not touch someone or something with a ten-foot pole

not touch (someone or something) with a ten-foot pole (US) (or Brit not touch (someone or something) with a bargepole)
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.

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Main Entry:touch

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  • not touch something with a ten foot pole — verb a) To avoid something at all costs; to refuse to associate with something; signifies a strong aversion. Serious actors of the world wouldnt touch the part with a ten foot pole. b) To be unable (perhaps figuratively) to approach something or… …   Wiktionary

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  • not touch with a ten-foot pole — not touch (someone or something) with a ten foot pole (US) (or Brit not touch (someone or something) with a bargepole) informal : to refuse to go near or become involved with (someone or something) That investment is too risky. I wouldn t touch… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pole — [ poul ] noun count ** 1. ) a long thin stick, often used for holding or supporting something: There were rows of poles supporting young bean plants. 2. ) one of two things that are completely opposite: Somewhere between the poles of wealth and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • touch — 1 /tVtS/ verb FEEL SB/STH PHYSICALLY 1 (T) to put your hand or another part of your body on something or someone so that you can feel them: Small children are constantly moving and wanting to touch everything. | She couldn t bear the thought of… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium


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