1. To remain physically out of the way (of someone or something). We're going to be loading equipment through these doors all morning, so please stay clear until we're done. You've got to stay clear of the workers while they're laying the cement.
2. To keep away from or avoid interacting or dealing with (someone or something). Stay clear of the boss today—he's yelling at everyone he sees. The subway is running really late due to the strike, so I suggest you stay clear if you want to get to work on time.
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 if you want to be on time.
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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.
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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.
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