bum steer

[ buhm-steer ]
/ ˈbʌm ˌstɪər /

noun Slang

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.

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Origin of bum steer

First recorded in 1895–1900; bum1 (in the sense “of poor or unsatisfactory quality”) + steer1 (in the sense “a tip, hint on a course of action”

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British Dictionary definitions for bum steer

bum steer

noun

slang, mainly US false or misleading information or advice
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Idioms and Phrases with bum steer

bum steer

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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