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steer clear of (someone or something)

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.
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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.
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steer clear of

take care to avoid or keep away from.
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steer clear of

To stay away from; avoid.
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steer clear of, to

To avoid. This term comes from its literal use in sailing in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Daniel Defoe used it in Colonel Jacque, 1723) and was being used figuratively by the late eighteenth century. George Washington said, in his farewell address (1796), “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world.”
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He advises those who tend to overindulge during the holidays to "steer clear of too much cheer, resist tempting snacks, line up last in buffet lines, talk more and eat less, and make time for exercise." He also suggests that planning ahead by drinking several glasses of water and eating some fruit or vegetables before attending holiday parties can help people cut back on fat and calories.
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And the panthers steer clear of orange groves due to the dearth of cover and food--such as hogs and deer--found there.
In their rush to sign up new deals, however, landlords should steer clear of new hazards that have become common in today's real estate market.
JORDAN McMILLAN last night backed Hamilton to steer clear of relegation - despite the fact he can do nothing to help after a hernia problem forced him to end his loan spell and return to Rangers.
AN ECHO-backed scheme to help children steer clear of crime has been given its first major donation - pounds 25,000 from the Home Office.
Assistant Chief Constable David Crompton said: "We've been working hard to warn the region's motorists and criminals to steer clear of vehicle crime with an intensive programme of operations and crime prevention work covering the whole force area.
Some advice for Simpson: Steer clear of French fries.
Steer clear of high-interest "consolidation" loans.