verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- steer clear of,
Origin of steer1
noun, plural steers, (especially collectively) steer.
Origin of steer2
verb (used with or without object), noun British Dialect.
Examples from the Web for steer
And Epstein continues to steer money toward universities to advance scientific research.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is the Mexico that U.S. college students would be wise to steer clear of on spring break.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A successful trend-maker might be able to steer a conversation, but virality remains extremely difficult to predict.
In first person, Grand Theft Auto lets you be the kind of criminal you want to be, rather than just steer one.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’|Alec Kubas-Meyer|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I have just been the man in the middle, trying to make sure that we steer the right course.Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning?|David Freedlander|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It occurred to him presently that he could steer as well as propel his float with his feet.The Border Watch|Joseph A. Altsheler
Hinpoha called again: Please come, Sahwah, we need you to steer the raft.The Camp Fire Girls at Onoway House|Hildegard G. Frey
They weighed anchor at night, and following morning made you, by threats, promise to steer them to the island.Dialstone Lane, Complete|W.W. Jacobs
As for me, I found it very hard to steer an even course between the competing parties.Tom, Dick and Harry|Talbot Baines Reed
A friend of my fathers has an automobile and he let me steer it one day, oh, a long way.Letty and the Twins|Helen Sherman Griffith
Word Origin for steer
Word Origin for steer
"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).
In addition to the idiom beginning with steer
- steer clear of
- bum steer