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View synonyms for bum steer

bum steer

[ buhm steer ]

noun

, Slang
  1. a piece of erroneous or misleading information or advice:

    He's been our broker for ten years, and far too honest and knowledgeable to give us a bum steer.



bum steer

noun

  1. slang.
    false or misleading information or advice


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Word History and Origins

Origin of bum steer1

First recorded in 1895–1900; bum 1( def ) (in the sense “of poor or unsatisfactory quality”) + steer 1( def ) (in the sense “a tip, hint on a course of action”

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Idioms and Phrases

False or misleading information; poor advice. For example, Gene felt his doctor had given him a bum steer, as he hadn't lost any weight on the diet . [ Slang ; c. 1920]

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