Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pole v.

1. (US campus) to work hard.

[US]B.H. Hall College Words (rev. edn) 356: pole [...] to study hard, e.g. to pole out the lesson. To pole on a composition, to take pains with it.
[US]J.L. Williams Princeton Stories 39: He proposes that we pole the Greek.
[US]E.H. Babbitt ‘College Words and Phrases’ in DN II:i 50: pole, poll, v. To prepare a lesson by hard study; sometimes used with ‘out’, as ‘to pole out’.
[UK]E. Poole Harbor (2005) 54: At first I honestly tried to ‘pole,’ to find whether, after all, I couldn’t break through the hard dry crust of books and lectures down into what I called ‘the real stuff’.

2. (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].

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Oct. 31/1: [W]e sits down in the pub. for dinner – me an’ Johno an’ his missus – when in poles an ole duchess wif her fightin’ face on.

3. (Aus.) to steal.

[UK]O.C. Malvery Soul Market 39: ‘You can do the nobbing,’ he continued, and then put a small box into my hand. [...] ‘Slip round, my girl, and “nob” ’em, and mind yer bring it all to light, and no weeding, no poling, mind yer.’.
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 85: I’ve tried to teach ’em about the cattle-market — so’s they won’t think the Government’s my father and keeps me for love, [...] so’s they won’t pole and waste.
[NZ]J.A. Lee Shiner Slattery 140: Did you ever hear of a man called Arthur Beaumont who poled three hundred thousand pounds?
[NZ] (ref. to 1930s) McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 86/1: pole to steal, c.1930, Australia later, but earlier Australian meaning to scrounge.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 160: pole To steal. [...] ANZ early C20.

4. in sexual senses [pole n.].

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

[US]Baker et al. CUSS.
[US]G. Underwood ‘Razorback Sl.’ in AS L:1/2 64: I poled her all night.
[UK]G. Burn Happy Like Murderers 226: Poke, pole, pork, pump, prod.
M.E. Dassad ‘Chickenhawk’ at [Internet] They’d tell me Uncle Ralph had poled out their butt every Friday for three years.

(b) (Irish) to rape.

[Ire]T. Murphy Conversations on a Homecoming (1986) 25: The place is crawling with priests and police since the bishop’s niece got poled back there last year.

(c) to make pregnant.

[Ire]P. Boyle At Night All Cats Are Grey 171: He’s put down for poling Martha Fleming.

5. (orig. US prison) to stab.

[UK]P. Baker Blood Posse 327: I poled him a few more times, not wanting to kill him just damage him a little.
Stickz & M. Dargg ‘It’s Cracking’ [lyrics] A nigga act up and a nigga get poled.

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’]

(Aus./N.Z.) to take advantage of someone, to impose or sponge off.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 30 Nov. 40/2: Wadjer mean by polin’ on me like so? Git up an’ fight, y’ ---- pointer.
[Aus]E. Dyson ‘The Picnic’ in Benno and Some of the Push 8: Don’t I like yer pink cheek, polin’ in on ’er bloke’s ticket, ’n’ then doin’ the smoodge with his cobber.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 13 Oct. 9/7: [heading] BLUDGER BOOBED. THE WALLING OF ‘WOOLLOOMOOLOO YANK’ For Poling on Prostitutes. RORTY RECORD REVEALED. ‘A Typical Parasite’ .
[Aus]W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 38: Poll, to take advantage of another’s good nature.
[Aus]K. Tennant Foveaux 141: Tommy restlessly resented the idea of ‘poling on’ Bramley.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 203: A bludger is the worst thing you can be in Australia. It means that you are criminally lazy, that you ‘pole on yer mates’, that you are a ‘piker’—a mean, contemptible, miserable individual who is not fit to associate with human beings.
[Aus]J. O’Grady Aussie Eng. (1966) 22: But a bloke who does as little work as possible—who ‘poles on his mates’—and who is eternally bludging smokes, is a ‘bludger’.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 160: To pole on is to bludge. ANZ early C20.