Meaning of be poles apart in English:

be poles apart


  • Have nothing in common.

    ‘the two sisters had ceased to communicate with each other—their ideas were now poles apart’
    • ‘Given that politically, we are poles apart, there is quite a lot of common ground.’
    • ‘In its emphasis on self-knowledge gained through the study of poetry and heroes, Emerson's idea of self-reliance is poles apart from the modern notion of self-esteem.’
    • ‘If you've never watched it live before, do it at some point in your life - it'll make you realise why this country and the US will always be poles apart, but why we're all bred to have a soft spot for Hollywood in the first place.’
    • ‘Far from the aesthetic and the ethical being poles apart, as Kierkegaard and Tolstoy insisted, the aesthetic is itself a quasi-moral project.’
    • ‘Secondly, a couple of weeks ago I spoke of how it always amazes me that two people watching the very same incident can immediately form judgements on the same incident which are poles apart.’
    • ‘The inner worlds they inhabit are poles apart - yet gradually, under the threat of torture and betrayal, Valentin slowly comes to trust and even love Molina.’
    • ‘Even their reactions to situations are poles apart.’
    • ‘He was poles apart from all his nieces and nephews who were absolutely feral about Vietnam war and what we were doing there and about how Australia was changing.’
    • ‘In lifestyle and political values, they are poles apart.’
    • ‘It is too bold to say they all follow a co-ordinated plan, yet there are acts that seem pretty much similar and there are others that are poles apart in nature.’
    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