steer away from

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.
See also: away, steer

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
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One account says driver Rodalyn Ortaliza tried to steer away from an oncoming truck at a narrow road by taking the road shoulder.
So steer away from the artificial diet foods and go for healthy, natural basics.
The idea was to steer away from traditional written work and focus instead on cross-curricular approaches to the study of Shakespeare using art, design technology, ICT, drama, geography and history.
Abu Riqibah urged motorists "to observe speed limit on all roads, and avoid those without enough light to steer away from accident.
TUNIS (TAP) - Nidaa Tounes' 13-member commission will give a news conference on Thursday to outline the results of the action undertaken in an attempt to steer away from the crisis.
Today s decision means merchants would be able to steer customers to use Visa and MasterCard, while it would be virtually impossible to steer away from them.
Laurence, who has designed every aspect of the experience, said he has tried to steer away from the more commercial and less traditional aspects of the yuletide season.
We have to be more creative and steer away from biases and assumptions like 'This company will normally do this,' or 'This type of move may happen in this industry.
The overall trend is for Bulgarians to delay consumer expenses; try to save as much as they can; repay old debt, and steer away from new loans, which makes bank crediting a shrinking factor for economic growth, according to experts.
The BBC has historically been an organisation which has tried to steer away from trouble by having problems referred upwards through the editorial chain.
In a statement issued today, Al-Dair Club strongly condemned all that endangers people's lives and properties, urging youngsters to steer away from instigative calls, which may compromise their future and that of their country, and follow into the steps of their parents.
ISLAMABAD -- A growing number of old people are moving to the shelter homes just to steer away from any unpleasant confrontation with their children.
Dubai His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday underlined the need for Gulf countries to steer away from routine procedures that hinder trade and economic openness among member states, especially in the private sector.
BAGHDAD, Feb 1 (KUNA) -- The Iraqi Foreign Ministry Wednesday called on the Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaei-fard to steer away from comments that would be interpreted as interfering with internal Iraqi affairs.