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steer clear

To avoid (someone or something). Steer clear of the boss today—he's yelling at everyone he sees. The 8:00 train is always late, so steer clear if you want to be on time.
See also: clear, steer

steer clear (of someone or something)

to avoid someone or something. John is mad at me, so I've been steering clear of him. Steer clear of that book. It has many errors in it.
See also: clear, steer

steer/stay/keep clear (of somebody/something)

avoid somebody/something: I’m trying to lose weight so I have to steer clear of fattening foods.It’s best to stay clear of the bank at lunchtimes as it gets very busy.
See also: clear, keep, stay, steer
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Villaraigosa has steered clear of the more conservative talk stations in recent months because he often gets bombarded with questions regarding illegal immigration and little attention is given to other issues that are under his purview.
SINCE returning to management with Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp has frustratingly steered clear of using his favourite phrase to describe an injury crisis.
based Doe Run, which had recently purchased the nearby La Oroya refinery, steered clear.
All of the dancers have Algerian roots, yet the choreography steered clear of racial or political commentary.
While some Western productions have steered clear of the Muslim nation since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Scott was happy to return and claims he was met with the hospitality he'd come to expect.
The Kerry campaign has steered clear of accusing Bush of purposely following the Massachusetts senator, but Democratic operatives are having a field day with the coincidental appearances, mocking Bush's campaign as ``me too'' tour.