steer away from (someone or something)

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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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If Mr Corbyn can somehow overcome the past two years and suddenly command cross-party support in the House and successfully steer us away from the cliff-edge, I would be happy.
Nothing of the sort materialised of course and yet 'project fear 2" has now been created by those same establishment voices to steer us away from a "No Deal" Brexit.
It is hoped that such information could steer us away from foods that 'don't agree' with us.
Steven Scott, Whitburn, said: "The Rangers board have pushed the boat out and now it's up to Gerrard to steer us away from the choppy waters of recent seasons and over the horizon from our rivals."
Before that we need to put many things in place - to set the machinery that is going to steer us away from an economic straitjacket that we are still managing to fight against, to stability and progress,' said Shan Saeed, chief economist of IQI Global Malaysia.
The cold hard facts of a post-Brexit life show the decline of Britain economically and as a world power in the years to come and you could argue that the national interest should be enough in itself to steer us away from this course.
Perhaps Garry could steer us away from a problem gun with a comprehensive review on something I might find on the used gun rack?
The anxiety gets more tiresome with every passing year, but maybe the 2016 Emmys can help steer us away from the inevitable nail-biting.
Karlopoulos will speak about how a love for graphic design, typography and text, can steer us away from falling into the stereotype trap and how the future landscape of graphic design will be formed.
Tom "James has been great for us," says Ogdon, "but ironically he was keen to steer us away from the psych thing.
In response to those demands, world leaders have finally agreed to steer us away from a climate disaster.
Citing the Mediterranean diet as a good example, the committee is recommending a diet based more on plants rather than animal products and lifting limits on dietary fat and cholesterol, while continuing to steer us away from saturated fats and sugar.
Hearing this should steer us away from quick judgments of any other person or group, even the Pharisees.
The Panel's goal is to steer us away from over-consumption, waste and ecological harm to a more prosperous and sustainable future.