a bum steer

a bum steer

  (American & Australian informal)
information that is not correct or not helpful The bus driver gave us a bum steer and we ended up miles from where we wanted to go. Her suggestion to eat at that little Italian restaurant was a bum steer. (= a bad suggestion)
See also: bum, steer
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So fair suck of the sav, mate; a steer is a direction, guide or tip, and a bum is rather self-evident, so a bum steer is simply "bad advice.
LOOKS as if someone gave Art Garfunkel's wife a bum steer when she bought this frayed frock.
One reason why earlier research may have given physicians a bum steer on the diet/ADHD connection is that foods now considered to be a concern were not eliminated in the earlier diets tested: milk, chocolate, wheat, rye, corn, citrus, legumes and eggs.
Members of South Sefton Primary Care Trust didn't want to give people a bum steer - so they checked with the public before they unleashed a proposed health poster (pictured bottom, if you'll excuse the pun).
A Bum Steer goes to Ron Weaver: "The Texas Longhorns' 'Roster Imposter,' a 30-year-old graduate of Sacramento State who played for UT under the name 'Ron McKelvey' until he was exposed before the 1995 Sugar Bowl game, receives a probated sentence for misusing a social security number.
Cheeky Paul Gascoigne gives team-mate Paul Ince a bum steer during England Under- 21's World Cup opener in Moldova yesterday.