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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It is thought Jon, aged 33, had steered the plane away from a nearby village and a desperate search by residents to find him followed.
It is thought Jon had steered the plane away from a nearby village and a desperate search by residents to find him followed.
I am sure he steered the plane away from us at the last second."
The airmen were hailed as heroes by nearby residents who said they steered the plane away from houses.
Jon, 33, a former Southam College pupil, was hailed a hero after he steered the plane away from a village as his aircraft appeared to malfunction.
The pilots "did not eject and steered the plane away from the town, avoiding graver consequences at the cost of their lives," said officials.