I wouldn’t trust her with a 10 foot polePosted: March 28, 2022
This one was heard on Dateline NBC: The Officer’s Wife at 1:22:00:
It is a mashup of “not touch (someone or something) with a 10 foot pole” (not wanting to become involved with someone or something) and “would not trust (someone) as far as I could throw (them)” (no trust at all). Trust and touch are the same length and similar sounding, adding to the mental mixup. Also the speaker may have been thinking of the Scottish sport, Caber Tossing, where one throws a 20 foot long log. A big thank you to Frank King for spotting this one and sending it in!