American English

Definition of pole noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a long, thin, straight piece of wood or metal, especially one with the end placed in the ground, used as a support a tent pole a ski pole a curtain pole see also flagpole, telephone pole, totem pole
  2. 2either of the two points at the opposite ends of the line on which the earth or any other planet turns the North/South Pole see also magnetic pole
  3. 3(physics) either of the two ends of a magnet, or the positive or negative points of an electric battery see also magnetic pole
  4. 4either of two opposite or contrasting extremes Their opinions were at opposite poles of the debate.
  5. Idioms
    be poles apart
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    to be widely separated; to have no interests that you share Her own friends were poles apart from his.
    the greasy pole (informal)
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    used to refer to the difficult way to the top of a profession
    not touch somebody/something with a ten-foot pole (informal)
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    to refuse to get involved with someone or something or in a particular situation Personally, I wouldn't touch him or his business with a ten-foot pole.
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