Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pole v.

1. [mid-19C–1910s] (US campus) to work hard.

2. [1900s] (Aus.) to arrive, to appear [SE pole, the shaft fitted to a vehicle to permit the harnessing of draft animals; thus the image of movement].

3. [20C+] (Aus.) to steal.

4. [1960s+] in sexual senses [pole n.].

(a) usu. of a man, to perform sexual intercourse.

(b) (Irish) to rape.

(c) to make pregnant.

5. [1990s+] (US prison) to stab.

In phrases

pole on (v.) (also pole in) [bullock-driving use; polers, the pair of bullocks nearest the wagon’s pole, seen as most likely to ‘take things easy’]

[20C+] (Aus./N.Z.) to take advantage of someone, to impose or sponge off.