steer

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[ steer ]
/ stɪər /

verb (used with object)

to guide the course of (something in motion) by a rudder, helm, wheel, etc.: to steer a bicycle.
to follow or pursue (a particular course).
to direct the course of; guide: I can steer you to the best restaurant in town.

verb (used without object)

noun

Informal. a suggestion about a course of action; tip: He got a good steer about finding the right job.

Idioms

    steer clear of, to stay away from purposely; avoid: She steered clear of any deep emotional involvements.

Origin of steer

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before 900; Middle English steren, Old English stēoran, akin to stēor steering, guidance; cognate with German steuern, Old Norse stȳra, Gothic stiurjan

Related forms

steer·a·ble, adjectivesteer·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·steer·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for steer clear of (1 of 2)

steer

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/ (stɪə) /

verb

noun

mainly US information; guidance (esp in the phrase a bum steer)

Derived Forms

steerable, adjectivesteerer, noun

Word Origin for steer

Old English stieran; related to Old Frisian stiūra, Old Norse stӯra, German stevern; see starboard, stern ²

British Dictionary definitions for steer clear of (2 of 2)

steer

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/ (stɪə) /

noun

a castrated male ox or bull; bullock

Word Origin for steer

Old English stēor; related to Old Norse stjōrr, Gothic stiur, Old High German stior, Middle Dutch stēr
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Idioms and Phrases with steer clear of (1 of 2)

steer clear of


Stay away from, avoid, as in Dad warned us to steer clear of Dr. Smith and his poor advice. This idiom alludes to guiding a vessel away from some obstacle. Its figurative use was first recorded in 1723.

Idioms and Phrases with steer clear of (2 of 2)

steer


In addition to the idiom beginning with steer

  • steer clear of

also see:

  • bum steer
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