not touch sth with a ten-foot pole

wouldn’t touch sb/sth with a ten-foot pole OR wouldn’t touch sth with a barge-pole (would not be involved with something under any circumstances) — и на версту не подходить, обходить за версту; держаться за версту от чего-л.; не связываться ни при каких обстоятельствах

Example 1: I know about the piece of vacant land for sale on Oak Street. I wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole because there used to be a gas station there and the soil is polluted. (NTC's)

Example 2: I wouldn’t touch that book with a ten-foot pole. It is nothing but gossip and scandal.

see also
[give a wide berth]
[steer clear]
[avoid like the plague]
[на пушечный выстрел не подойти]