One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the notice was pinned on a wooden pole’
post, pillar, stanchion, standard, paling, pale, stake, stick, picket, palisade, support, prop, batten, mast, bar, shaft, rail, rod, beam, spar, crosspiece, upright, vertical
staff, stave, cane, spike, baton, truncheon
1‘our points of view are at opposite poles’
extremity, extreme, limit
‘a disgusted England fan went up the pole when Portugal beat them’
mad, crazy, insane, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, distracted
mental, off one's head, out of one's head, off one's nut, nutty, off one's rocker, round the bend, raving mad, stark raving mad, stark staring mad, bats, batty, bonkers, bananas, loco
barmy, crackers, round the twist
buggy, nutsy, nutso
‘our views are poles apart’
completely different, as different as they could be, widely separated, directly opposed, antithetical, incompatible, irreconcilable, miles apart, worlds apart, at opposite extremes, at opposite poles, like night and day
like chalk and cheese
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