When I steered my interlocutors back toward finance, it soon became clear what the number one fear was: China.
As the field thundered down the backstretch, Espinoza steered his horse out wide.
Several stubborn ideas have steered much of the discourse around health care.
Romney made some encouraging remarks and steered clear of politics, a sensible course under the circumstances.
He steered clear of anything that might be interpreted as an aggressive call to action.
During the night we steered south-east, with the wind on our port quarter.
They pulled with all their might; and Lanark, the cockswain, steered her for the siamang.
Who has ever rowed or steered in any race for a stake, money or entrance-fee.
While one of us steered, another kept a look-out, and the rest slept.
Some were seen standing away to the north to land apparently in that direction, while three steered for Hurlston.
"guide the course of a vehicle," Old English steran (Mercian), stieran (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *steurijanan (cf. Old Norse styra, Old Frisian stiora, Dutch sturen, Old High German stiuren, German steuern "to steer," Gothic stiurjan "to establish, assert"), related to *steuro "a rudder, a steering" (cf. Old English steor "helm, rudder," German Steuer and first element in starboard), from PIE *steu-ro- (cf. Greek stauros "stake, pole"), from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
The notion is of a stiff, upright pillar or post used in steering. To steer clear of in the figurative sense of "to avoid completely" is recorded from 1723. Related: Steered; steering. Steering committee in the U.S. political sense is recorded from 1887.
"young ox," Old English steor "bullock," from Proto-Germanic *steuraz (cf. Old Saxon stior, Old Norse stjorr, Swedish tjur, Danish tyr, Middle Dutch, Dutch, German stier, Gothic stiur "bull"), perhaps from PIE *steu-ro-, a root denoting "strength, sturdiness" (see taurus).
To take or inveigle someone to a place or person where gamblers or confidence men might victimize him: I been steerin' for Schwiefka all day (1889+ Underworld)