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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.
A high-performance automobile with a large, powerful engine designed for quick acceleration and high straight-line speed. A: "I can't believe that Grandpa had a muscle car when he was in his 20s!" B: "Oh, he sure did. He liked to hit the road and go fast." You could do some serious street racing with a muscle car like that.
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?
A police car. Primarily heard in UK. Slow down, there's a panda car up ahead!
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.
set the cart before the horse
proverb To do things preemptively or out of the proper order; to get ahead of oneself. Don't set the cart before the horse and pick out your dream car before you have any money saved up for a down payment. A: "I've got a few ideas of in-app purchases we can implement." B: "Whoa, whoa, stop setting the cart before the horse. Let's focus on actually finishing the app first."
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.
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.
See also: steer
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.
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.
the dog that caught the car
Someone who has done or achieved something difficult but doesn't know what to do next. I worry that they're like the dog that caught the car now that they've finally gotten that bill passed. It took so long to get done that they don't know what to do next. My whole life for the last five years has been focused on getting this PhD. Now that I have it, I feel like the dog that caught the car.
1. To cause a vehicle to reduce in speed by decreasing the flow of fuel to the engine. A noun or pronoun can be used between "throttle" and "down" to specify what is being slowed down. The engineer throttled the train down to a stop so that the crew could begin unloading the cargo. You'll want to start throttling down the engine as you pull into the harbor.
2. Of a computer or component thereof, to begin operating with difficulty and at a lower speed or level of efficiency. After about 30 minutes, the computer gets really hot and then the CPU starts throttling down to about half speed. The network will automatically throttle down if too many people are using the Internet at once.
wrap (one's) car around (something)
To smash one's car into something tall and narrow, such as a lamppost or tree, from the side, especially such that the car literally folds around or envelops it to some degree. He used to love taking his car for late-night cruises around the city, until he dozed off one evening and wrapped his car around a lamppost. She hasn't been allowed to drive ever since she wrapped her car around the telephone pole outside her house.
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throttle something down
to reduce the speed of an engine by adjusting the throttle. She throttled her engine down and came to a stop. She throttled down her engine.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
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