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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

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 of it if you want to be on time.
See also: clear, 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

kick like a mule

 and kick like a steer
to kick very hard. They say that ostriches will kick like a mule if you bother them. Stay away from the back end of Tom's horse. It will kick like a steer when a stranger comes up.
See also: kick, like, mule

steer away from someone or something

to move or turn away from someone or something. You had better steer away from Jeff. He is in a terrible mood. Try to steer away from the potholes. The road is full of them.
See also: away, 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 into something

to turn or drive into something. Try to steer into the right parking space this time. Poor Wally steered into the curb.
See also: steer

steer someone or something through something

to guide someone or something through something that is confusing or treacherous. I tried to steer Judy through the registration procedure, but I really didn't know what I was doing. should I try to steer my car through all this foot traffic or take a different route?
See also: steer, through

steer something for something

to aim oneself or one's vehicle toward something. Jeff steered the car for the entrance to the tunnel and stepped on the gas. The driver steered the bus for the center lane just in time.
See also: steer

steer something toward someone or something

to guide something in the direction of someone or something. The farmer steered the tractor toward the sheriff, who had come to talk to the farmer. Please steer the car toward the right side.
See also: steer, toward

steer through something

to maneuver through something that is confusing or treacherous. Do you think you can steer through this flooded tunnel? I can't steer through this mess of leaves and mud on the road.
See also: steer, through

steer toward someone or something

to turn or drive toward someone or something. He steered toward the empty parking space, but someone got there before he did. steer toward the house with the red door.
See also: steer, toward

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]
See also: bum, steer

steer clear of

Stay away from, avoid, as in Dad warned us to steer clear of Dr. Smith and his poor advice. This idiom alludes to guiding a vessel away from some obstacle. Its figurative use was first recorded in 1723.
See also: clear, of, steer

a bum steer

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

steer clear of someone/something

COMMON If you steer clear of someone or something, you deliberately avoid them. I'd advise anyone with sensitive or dry skins to steer clear of soap. Steer clear of Paola unless you want to be stuck with her all evening.
See also: clear, of, something, 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).
See also: bum, steer

steer (or take) a middle course

adopt a policy which avoids extremes.
See also: course, middle, steer

steer clear of

take care to avoid or keep away from.
2002 ChartAttack Live Reviews If you're looking for Hollywood gloss and spectacle, steer clear of this film.
See also: clear, of, steer

a bum ˈsteer

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

follow/steer/take a middle ˈcourse


find, etc. a/the middle ˈway

follow, find, etc. a plan that is halfway between two opposing plans; compromise: Kate wanted to stay for the rest of the week, and I wanted to leave straight away, so in the end we followed a middle course and stayed a couple of days.In politics you often have to steer a middle course. OPPOSITE: go to extremes
See also: course, follow, middle, steer, take

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

steer clear of

To stay away from; avoid.
See also: clear, of, 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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Strong Calves (37): Steers to pounds 370; Heifers to pounds 330.
When weighing the pros and cons of wheel loaders and skid steers, a solid knowledge of a facility's individual needs is a good first step to-ward choosing between the two.
Cull Cows OTM Cattle (55): Beef cross cows (32) to pounds 925; Dairy cows (12) to pounds 830; Steers (4) to pounds 930, av pounds 782.
Moore also recommends solid tires for compact excavators and skid steers working in demolition environments.
3) Wesley Scott, taking down a steer during competition, said he loves steer wrestling because it's what his father's good at.
Volpe compares operating a skid steer to driving an Austin Mini while he says operating a wheel loader is more like driving a Lincoln Continental.
Like the skid steer, the wide range of attachments available for use with a compact excavator adds to its versatility and value on demolition and C&D recycling jobsites.
In demolition applications, Rafferty says skid steers can handle anything from sidewalk demolition to tearing apart a gas station.
The skid steer is notorious for manueverability," Lance Schulz, loader product specialist for Bobcat, West Fargo, N.
Scrap processors and demolition contractors also attach mobile shears to the largest skid steer models.
Introduction of less fuel consuming, light and compact steering systems like EPS and the future steer by wire technology, the overall market trend for steering systems appears promising for the next five years.
George Mac Intyre, skid steer marketing manager for Case, says, "The only addition I would have for the skid steer product in particular concerns lift capacity and dump height required on the job site.
Active Steer is as close to steer-by-wire as you can get in production: Built by ZF Lenksysteme, a joint venture of Robert Bosch GmbH and ZF Freidrichshaffen AG, it allows driver-independent steering input without disconnecting the mechanical linkage between the steering wheel and front axle.
Many recyclers of paper, light metals and curbside materials rely almost exclusively on forklifts and compact skid steer loaders to carry the mobile material handling load.
Coulters mounted on the back of the implement act as a rudder to steer the implement to the desired position.