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[steer-er] /ˈstɪər ər/
a person or thing that steers.
Informal. a confederate who directs potential customers to a gambling game, brothel, drug seller, etc.
Origin of steerer
steer1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I recognised the two men as those who had passed before, and the steerer was certainly an immense fellow.

  • Madame, there is a four-oared boat in view without a steerer.

    A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams
  • Bonfire was peering at it over the steerer's right shoulder when the bob veered sharply to the left.

  • Seats were provided for nine persons, including the steerer and the fireman.

    Automobile Biographies Lyman Horace Weeks
  • What little outlook is to be kept falls to the lot of the steerer smoothly towed.

    Ceres' Runaway Alice Meynell
  • He knows that if he wants to keep on growing he's got to have what they call a steerer.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • It was paddled by two Indians, of whom the one in the stern—the steerer—appeared to be a very large man.

  • The steerer must know the course and all its points perfectly.

    Rowing Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  • The steerer looked pained, and investigated a white speck on his left forefinger nail.

  • The steerer should not be repeatedly looking round, as regards his course.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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