grease the pole behind you

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jenny 321

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chinese
Hi, guys. what is the meaning of 'grease the pole behind you'? The whole sentence is 'Sometimes the best thing to do in a race to the top is grease the pole behind you', which was told by Jay in the Morden Family. Jay and his daughter Claire are competing with each other about some science project, and Jay have no idea what to do, and try to get in Claire's head. Then, he said 'the best thing to do in a race to the top is grease the pole behind you'. Could someon explain this sentence to me? thank you
 
  • heypresto

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    English - England
    Imagine you are racing someone in a climb to the top of a pole. Imagine as you get ahead of them, you apply grease to the pole behind you. It will now be too slippery for them to grab and they won't be able to reach or overtake you. You will win.

    Now imagine all this in a figurative sense.
     

    jenny 321

    Senior Member
    chinese
    Imagine you are racing someone in a climb to the top of a pole. Imagine as you get ahead of them, you apply grease to the pole behind you. It will now be too slippery for them to grab and they won't be able to reach or overtake you. You will win.

    Now imagine all this in a figurative sense.
    thanks for the reply. I can picture it, so the meaning is that you do something bad so that you can beat your opponents.
     
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