If two things are poles apart, they are very different from each other.
Even though Sarah and Kate are identical twins, their personalities are poles apart.
Our new manager is poles apart from the old one – she has completely different ideas.
We would like to offer you the job! Your interview was excellent and you were poles apart from the other candidates.
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If you are in pole position, you are in the best position to win a competition.
Angelina Jolie's last film was such a success – I think she'll be in pole position to win an Oscar.
Malkhamb is a traditional Indian sport, whose origin dates back to the twelfth century. Competitors jump onto a vertical, wooden pole and perform different gymnastic moves for around 90 seconds. Performing well involves incredible strength and stamina.