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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Inspector Richard Yeats said:''In running activities for young people we are engaging with them, making them feel part of the community and hopefully steering them away from crime.'' Activities include football coaching, street soccer, MC classes, gymnastics, art sessions, boxing training, junior gym classes and street games.
The "Shewsy" still aims to provide a productive place for boys and girls, steering them away from crime and drugs and towards work and study.
The instrumental role of the family in spreading awareness among youngsters' and steering them away from saboteurs was highlighted.
It would have been perfect, were it not for the fact that I spent my afternoon steering them away from the frequent heaps of dog mess spread around the park.
David's era was the Age of Enlightenment, whose standard-bearers (David Hume, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Heinrich Heine, and others) revolutionized economics, politics, and religion, steering them away from authoritarian tradition, toward reason and the common good.