a bum steer

a bum steer

Poor, inaccurate, or misleading information or advice. My advisor really gave me a bum steer when she pushed me to take this class that I'm currently failing. I did my own research to confirm that my doctor wasn't giving me a bum steer when she suggested this procedure.
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*bum steer

misleading instructions or guidance; a misleading suggestion. (Bum = false; phony. Steer = guidance, as in the steering of a car. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Wilbur gave Ted a bum steer and Ted ended up in the wrong town. I got a bum steer from the salesman, and I paid far more than I needed to for a used car.
See also: bum, steer

bum steer

False or misleading information; poor advice. For example, Gene felt his doctor had given him a bum steer, as he hadn't lost any weight on the diet . [Slang; c. 1920]
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a bum steer

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you describe information that you are given as a bum steer, you mean that it is incorrect. Did you give me a bum steer about your name and address? Note: This expression may refer to a worthless bullock, which is a young male cow. Alternatively, it may refer to someone being given directions which are not correct.
See also: bum, steer

bum steer

a piece of false information or guidance. informal, chiefly North American
In this context, bum means ‘bad, worthless’, and steer ‘advice’ or ‘guidance’ (it has no connection with young bulls).
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a bum ˈsteer

(American English, informal) wrong or unhelpful information or advice: Whoever recommended this software gave you a bum steer, I’m afraid.
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bum steer

(ˈbəm ˈstir)
n. a false lead; false information. You sure gave me a bum steer when you told me who he was.
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bum steer

Misleading advice. This phrase has nothing to do with a tough piece of steak. “Bum” signifies “wrong” and “steer” means “direction” in the sense of steering a vehicle. So if someone has given you a bum steer, you have in a sense grounds for a beef.
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.