bum steer


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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.
See also: bum, steer

*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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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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bum steer

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

bum steer

Bad advice. This slangy term uses bum in the sense of incorrect or erroneous, a usage dating from the 1890s or earlier. Former New York governor Mario Cuomo in his 1968 book, Thieves, wrote, “I guess I gave you a bum steer on him.”
See also: bum, steer

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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Anything would be better than the bum steer we have now.
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While there weren't exactly concerns that Worcester had been landed with a bum steer, it was clear that the Australian was not the same player as the one whose first appearance on the Premiership's newest ground had caused such excitement.
'It may just be that officials have given her this steer to get her off the hook a bit, and I think they have given her a bum steer, because it is not the case that giving power to the Welsh Children's Commissioner will further devolution.
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.
However, with apparent contempt for Pleat's comments, Hoddle told The Sun: "If someone wants to give you a bum steer, then so be it.
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Childhood is seen as a time when things might go awry, when the "investment" turns out to be a bum steer. The Clintonite passion for talking about children as "investments" tells us the whole story.
In an appeal hours before "Bum Steer" was to go on the air, CBS got permission from Blackmun to use disputed videotape; the show went on as planned on February 9.
Whoever it was gave him a bum steer. He touts his hosts, Bill and Gina Gapolinsky, as if they were representative of a wider apathy in Sherman Park and across the country.
Brown could've been forgiven for giving it a bum steer when asked if he'd sign a framed picture of the Kent slug that was being put up for charity.