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Idioms and Phrases

In complete opposition, as in The two brothers were poles apart in nearly all their views . This expression alludes to the two extremities of the earth's axis, the North and South poles. [Early 1900s]

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

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

They stood poles apart, and everyone realized that no useful purpose would be served in trying to bring them together again.

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

It is in a territory poles apart from Mr. Kipling's that the main stream of romantic poetry flows.


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