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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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