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panda car

A police car. Primarily heard in UK. Slow down, there's a panda car up ahead!
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live out of (one's) car

To sleep and store all or most of one's possessions in one's car, usually because one is without a proper residence. I've been living out of my car ever since I was evicted from my apartment. It is shameful that the housing crisis has forced so many families to live out of their cars.
See also: car, live, of, out

new car smell

The scent associated with the inside of a brand new vehicle, caused by the plastics and other materials inside it. Boy, I love that new car smell, don't you?
See also: car, new, smell

puffer car

slang A car left running unattended to warm the engine and cabin on a cold day, so called for the exhaust emitting from the tailpipe. Police are warning that thefts of puffer cars has been rising as the weather continues turning colder. I always see puffer cars in people's driveways first thing in the morning during winter.
See also: car, puffer

steer away from (someone or something)

1. To guide or aim a vehicle in a direction away from someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "steer" and "away" to specify what is being driven. I steered away from the truck that was stopped in the middle of the road. She managed to steer the car away from the crowd of people at the last moment.
2. To avoid interacting with someone. Steer away from the boss today—he's yelling at everyone he sees. I always try to steer away from toxic or negative people in my life.
3. To avoid pursuing, utilizing, or committing to something. I suggest you steer away from the trains today—there's a strike on, so none of them are on time. I think we would do well to steer away from such drastic measures.
4. To attempt to convince or persuade someone to avoid someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "steer" and "away." I try to steer people away from that brand, to be honest. They may be less expensive, but those computers are notorious for breaking down. She keeps trying to steer me away from her brother, but he and I are just naturally drawn to each other.
See also: away, steer

steer into (something)

1. To guide or aim a vehicle into something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "steer" and "into" to specify what is being driven. I swerved to avoid the truck that was barreling toward us and steered right into the side of a building. She steered her boat into the harbor. The maniac steered his van right into a crowd of people.
2. To guide, direct, or lead someone into some situation. A noun or pronoun is used between "steer" and "into." The star quarterback helped steer the team into the playoffs for the first time in nearly 40 years. That dodgy financial advisor steered us into all sorts of bad investments.
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steer through (something)

1. To manage to drive (a vehicle) through some difficult, dangerous, or adverse impediment or weather condition. A noun or pronoun can be used between "steer" and "through" to specify what is being driven. I didn't feel confident enough to steer the car through all the snow and ice on the ground, so I let Mary drive instead. It was difficult steering through such turbulent weather, but I knew we had to get back to shore as soon as we could. How could you even steer through such thick fog?
2. To navigate or maneuver (a vehicle) through some passage or obstacle. A noun or pronoun can be used between "steer" and "through" to specify what is being driven. I don't know how we'll be able to steer through this crowd of people. We had to steer the boat through the series of buoys the police has set in the harbor. My mother always finds it so stressful having to steer her car through these narrows streets of this town whenever she comes to visit me.
3. To guide or direct someone through some passage or obstacle. A noun or pronoun is used between "steer" and "through." I'd feel better if Mark were there to help steer you through those treacherous mountain roads. The captain of the ship steered us through the narrow river so we could see some more of the indigenous jungle wildlife.
4. To guide or direct someone through some difficult, confusing, or convoluted situation or process. A noun or pronoun is used between "steer" and "through." We hired a lawyer to steer us through the application for our permits. Our advisors will help steer you through the various options at your disposal for your retirement fund.
See also: steer, through

steer toward (something)

1. To guide or aim a vehicle in the direction of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "steer" and "toward" to specify what is being driven. Keep the boat steady and toward the lighthouse. The police officer told me to steer the car toward a checkpoint on the side of the road. The pilot began steering the plane toward the nearest airport.
2. To attempt to convince or persuade someone to choose, consider, or become involved with someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "steer" and "toward." Mary said she wanted to go out with Mark, but I tried to steer her toward Mike instead. These pushy salespeople always try to steer you toward the more expensive options. I always try to steer my clients toward sensible investments that will yield steady, long-term growth.
See also: steer, toward

wrap one's car around something

to drive one's car into something at fairly high speed. She wrapped her car around a light pole. If he hadn't wrapped his car around a tree, he'd be here with us tonight.
See also: around, car, wrap

wrap one’s car around something

tv. to drive one’s car into something at fairly high speed. She wrapped her car around a light pole.
See also: around, car, something, wrap
References in classic literature ?
But he uttered a great shout and waving his spears like fire, he rushed headlong at strong Heracles, longing to kill him, and hurled a brazen spear upon the great shield, for he was furiously angry because of his dead son; but bright-eyed Athene reached out from the car and turned aside the force of the spear.
And Panic and Dread quickly drove his smooth-wheeled chariot and horses near him and lifted him from the wide-pathed earth into his richly-wrought car, and then straight lashed the horses and came to high Olympus.
Bert leapt lightly into a sitting position on the edge of the car. The others took a firmer grip upon the ropes and ring.
It seemed to Bert that the car swayed for a moment and then buck-jumped and kicked him.
Bert bawled out half angry, half rueful, "You might have said you were going to tip the basket." Then he stood up and clutched the ropes of the car convulsively.
A car is waiting outside now to take me to my home, but I thought that I had better stop and see you."
Are you going back to London in the motor car, then?"
Ms Ecclestone and Mr Khyami were in a relationship during which they gave each other expensive gifts including cars. In April 2012 Ms Ecclestone allegedly gave Mr Khyami a Lamborghini Aventador motor car ('the car') which she had purchased from Elite Performance Cars Ltd ('Elite').
The car theft gangs lift the cars from where they want as they face no huddle anywhere either it may private car parking area or from somebody's home car porch and the shopping centers of the capital .
finding a car. "Car?" a request to find another car.
Summary: Erbil becoming a car sales hub to the rest of Iraq
Mr Finlayson says the club uses the newest, most fuel efficient cars which also lowers the environmental impact of drivers who choose to use them.
Already, in 2005, 2 million metric tons of aluminum components were put on European roads in new passenger cars. In addition to preserving fuel, the achieved weight savings will lead to roughly 40 million metric tons of C[O.sub.2] emissions over the lifespan of the vehicles.
In the coming years, hybrid technology will play a significant role in improving the fuel efficiency of cars being offered to the public by bringing the benefits of battery-powered vehicles to conventional gas-powered cars and trucks.
From time in Formula One where he spent many years with the Brabham team as the chief designer and then with McLaren, firstly with the Grand Prix team and then as the technical director of McLaren Cars, Murray has a formidable reputation as a man who knows all there is to know about the design and engineering of lightweight supercars.