One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The most favourable position at the start of a motor race.
advantage, advantageous position, favourable position, the upper hand, the edge, the whip hand, primacyView synonyms
- ‘He qualified on pole position for race one and led it all the way.’
- ‘Finishing the race in 8th position would have normally allowed Borja to start the Sunday race from pole position tomorrow.’
- ‘He started the last two races from the pole position.’
- ‘Nevertheless, Tom charged as hard as ever, hoping to grab 10th place and pole position for race two.’
- ‘Turkington did everything right on Saturday when he qualified on pole position for his first race with Vauxhall.’
- ‘What is your feeling now that you are in pole position and the race might not happen tomorrow?’
- ‘Zanardi finishes eighth to take a World Championship point and secures pole position for the second race.’
- ‘Maldonado took the pole position and the best race lap too, with a tremendous performance.’
- ‘Charlie Hollings started the race from pole position after securing the quickest time at Spa back in April.’
- ‘As the cloud cover came over for the first time, so Viso and Carroll powered out of the pitlane and into the race for pole position.’
- ‘Travis Gregg has won the pole position at both races in 2005, and has started on the front row in all five races in his career.’
- ‘Fernando Alonso drove a superb lap this afternoon at Silverstone to grab the pole position for the 2005 British Grand Prix.’
- ‘I had a bad start in race one from pole position, but even with an oversteering car I could keep up with the winner.’
- ‘In both races, Skinner earned the pole position in qualifying and then went on to capture the checkered flag.’
- ‘Rockenfeller responded with the fastest time in every practice session, the pole position and the race victory.’
- ‘Qualifying in pole position he held the race to the finish followed by Akshay Patel in second and K.V. Dheeraj in third.’
- ‘It was a very unhappy and undeserving ending after a great pole position on Saturday and after leading the race for most of the time till the last few laps.’
- ‘Turkington started race two from pole position but was passed by Muller into the first corner.’
- ‘Last year, I started on pole position but the two races also didn't work out.’
- ‘He won the pole position at Texas Motor Speedway in September of 2002 and finished a career-best third in that event.’
- 1.1 A leading or dominant position.‘a company boasting the pole position in the communications business’
1950s: from a 19th-century use of pole in horse racing, denoting the starting position next to the inside boundary fence.
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