One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in South Australia) a pole that carries electricity cables above ground.‘the man became trapped when his Ford sedan crashed into a stobie pole and exploded into flames’
- ‘Two young police officers risked their lives to save a driver trapped in his burning car which hit a stobie pole and exploded at Smithfield Plains.’
- ‘Schools will be involved in art projects to paint stobie poles in surrounding streets, as "naked" stobie poles are a frequent graffiti target.’
- ‘Traffic also is slow on Payneham Rd at Evandale while crews work to replace a stobie pole after an accident overnight.’
- ‘A broken stobie pole lies precariously on high-tension wire - damaged perhaps due to the high winds - next to a playground in Port Norlunga.’
- ‘Road restrictions and diversions are in place after police were alerted to the significantly damaged stobie pole and smashed traffic light about 6.15am.’
- ‘If someone hits a stobie pole after a tyre blowout an injured driver cannot claim compensation and is left at the mercy of the public health system.’
- ‘About 4.30am a truck crashed into a stobie pole, causing power lines to come down.’
- ‘The truck had narrowly missed hitting a stobie pole alongside the entry gate.’
- ‘It left the road and hit a parked van, a stobie pole, gas meter and water hydrant before ploughing into the Singapore House restaurant.’
- ‘Stobie poles march in their thousands across the South Australian landscape.’
1920s: from the name of its inventor, the Australian engineer James Cyril Stobie (1895–1953).
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