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 ?
There is no method of steering clear of this inconvenience, but by authorizing the national government to raise its own revenues in its own way.
I won't be steering clear of him, but he should be steering clear of me.
I think it's important for the commission to continue to help the community develop along favorable lines against the backdrop of a comprehensive plan,'' he said, steering clear of specific examples.
As long as health and environmental dangers are unclear and Europeans continue to reject transgenic crops, there is big business to be done by steering clear of altered soy.
Just as Americans have been pouring French wine down the drain and steering clear of Volkswagens, Europeans eager to express their anger with the U.
In a soft rental market environment where many apartment owners and managers are offering residents gift certificates, free concierge services, free rent or $99 move-in specials, others are using security deposit alternatives to successfully attract and retain residents as a means of steering clear of concessions altogether and competing for residents effectively.
Both the camera cable and light guide exit from the rear of the camera head, steering clear of the doctor's hands and the operative field.
These Tin Men savor the physical sensation of a sexual relationship while steering clear of the work needed to explore a deeper union with a woman.
Steering clear of them can help keep you in the game--and in more clients' offices:
Players answer true/false questions about insects, steering clear of the deadly spider web.
4 in January, suggesting the economy is steering clear of a recession.
Steering clear of VAT pitfalls in contract manufacturing.
Other natural ingredients in so-called designer toothpastes may make consumers feel as though they're steering clear of chemicals, but fluoride is often thrown into the mix to bolster the manufacturer's anti-bacterial claims.
This involves some major change issues, which many companies avoid like an Atkins dieter steering clear of the bread aisle.
I Went Down'' owes much of its novelty to steering clear of Irish movie stereotypes and instead showing off a spare and quizzical indie spirit.