- the discriminatory practice by a real estate agent of maneuvering a client from a minority group away from considering a home in a white neighborhood.
Origin of steering
- 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.
- to direct the course of a vessel, vehicle, airplane, or the like, by the use of a rudder or other means.
- to pursue a course of action.
- (of a vessel, vehicle, airplane, etc.) to be steered or guided in a particular direction or manner.
- Informal. a suggestion about a course of action; tip: He got a good steer about finding the right job.
- steer clear of, to stay away from purposely; avoid: She steered clear of any deep emotional involvements.
Origin of steer1
Examples from the Web for steering
Kim Jong Un is changing role models, steering Pyongyang away from Chinese autocrats toward the ultra-aggressive Vladimir Putin.Kim Jong Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off
Gordon G. Chang
December 17, 2014
On Sunday morning, the meeting continued in his house, partly a debating forum, partly a steering committee.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
He grabs the steering wheel tighter and stops chewing his bubble gum.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
We could have made the production a bit more 2010s by steering it in a more generic direction.Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’
May 27, 2014
From behind the steering wheel, Abed introduced me as a journalist.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
He reached across and laid his hand over Linda's on the steering gear.
Linda laid her hands on the steering wheel and started the car.
In the other case the moving and steering was done by turning a peg.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
When last seen they were steering towards the coast of Africa.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
I was pretty good at steering them through the slips, Dering!Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
- to direct the course of (a vehicle or vessel) with a steering wheel, rudder, etc
- (tr) to guide with tuitionhis teachers steered him through his exams
- (tr) to direct the movements or course of (a person, conversation, etc)
- to pursue (a specified course)
- (intr) (of a vessel, vehicle, etc) to admit of being guided in a specified fashionthis boat does not steer properly
- steer clear of to keep away from; shun
- mainly US information; guidance (esp in the phrase a bum steer)
- a castrated male ox or bull; bullock
Word Origin and History for steering
"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).
Idioms and Phrases with steering
In addition to the idiom beginning with steer
- steer clear of
- bum steer