steer clear of (someone or something)

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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.
See also: clear, of, steer

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.
See also: clear, of, steer

steer clear of someone/something

COMMON If you steer clear of someone or something, you deliberately avoid them. I'd advise anyone with sensitive or dry skins to steer clear of soap. Steer clear of Paola unless you want to be stuck with her all evening.

steer clear of

take care to avoid or keep away from.
2002 ChartAttack Live Reviews If you're looking for Hollywood gloss and spectacle, steer clear of this film.
See also: clear, of, steer

steer clear of

To stay away from; avoid.
See also: clear, of, steer
References in classic literature ?
Obviously without the slightest effort he steered clear of all subjects which might lead to embarrassment.
Whatever it might be, the next day, the Nautilus, having left its port, steered clear of all land at a few yards beneath the waves of the Atlantic.
Not the fact that the new head coach will have no say on incoming or outgoing deals - Bruce diplomatically steered clear of that mine-field - but the actual selection of talent by chief scout Graham Carr.
Dan Patrick, R-Houston, steered clear of the rancor that has erupted in the race recently.
Summary: Washington: The United States on Friday steered clear of taking a tough stand on reports .
Other firms had steered clear of the deal and HRC was able to command an attractive return on its loan because the property was only 97% owned by the developer.
While Stoneman and Angels manager Mike Scioscia have steered clear of saying they had a need for a situational lefty, Christiansen is just that.
At the time, his photos--which steered clear of the typical grip-and-grin shots and adopted a more photo-journalistic approach--ignited controversy for their untraditional style.
She insists she steered clear of the booze, wasn't rowdy and didn't try to dance with any guys.
Although the chain has one hotel in Cancun, it has steered clear of South America until now.
In 1987 the Federal Communications Commission concluded that the requirement, first officially enunciated in the 1940s, had deterred TV and radio stations from dealing with issues of public concern: Broadcasters had steered clear of controversial discussions and provocative commentary because they were worried about possible disciplinary action.
Thus Schaufuss steered clear of the copyright minefield, though for all intents and purposes, the new story mirrors Presley's life--the army, the drugs, woman problems, self-destruction--and at one point, the hero-dancer wears a white-sequined, flare-legged satin catsuit and sunglasses.
ATLANTA -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced the induction of 784 elite drivers into its "Circle of Honor," pushing to 4,202 the total of active drivers who have steered clear of accidents for 25 years or more.
Villaraigosa has steered clear of the more conservative talk stations in recent months because he often gets bombarded with questions regarding illegal immigration and little attention is given to other issues that are under his purview.
SINCE returning to management with Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp has frustratingly steered clear of using his favourite phrase to describe an injury crisis.