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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POLES APART

Save for chance, they would remain always as the poles apart.

In language and religion, by habits and associations, they were poles apart from each other.

In his presence she felt herself transported to another atmosphere, poles apart from the one she had just left.

In principles and tactics they were poles apart, and the bitterness between them was at fever heat.

In England those who in ecclesiastical matters were poles apart united in a plea for economic conservatism.

Longer terms of peace gave opportunity for development on lines that were as poles apart.

He has come under a control that differs as poles apart from the free days of 'fleeting' and 'single boating.'

"What a person imagines he hears, and what the speaker has really implied, may be poles apart," he said.

WORD ORIGIN

"stake," late Old English pal "stake, pole, post," a general Germanic borrowing (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon pal "stake," Middle Dutch pael, Dutch paal, Old High German pfal, Old Norse pall) from Latin palus "stake" (see pale (n.)).

Racing sense of "inside fence surrounding a course" is from 1851; pole position in auto racing attested from 1904. A ten-foot pole as a metaphoric measure of something one would not touch something (or someone) else with is by 1839, American English. The ten-foot pole was a common tool used to set stakes for fences, etc., and the phrase "Can't touch de bottom with a ten foot pole" is in the popular old minstrel show song "Camptown Races."

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