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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.
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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.
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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.
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steer clear oftake 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.
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steer clear of
To stay away from; avoid.
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steer clear of, to
To avoid. This term comes from its literal use in sailing in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Daniel Defoe used it in Colonel Jacque, 1723) and was being used figuratively by the late eighteenth century. George Washington said, in his farewell address (1796), “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world.”
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