Definition of steer clear of in English:

steer clear of


  • Take care to avoid or keep away from.

    ‘steer clear of fatty food’
    • ‘He tries to avoid point accumulation and steers clear of stomping on his opponents, resetting after every botched attempt.’
    • ‘Bear in mind to take great care to steer clear of the cliffs when skirting the corrie - whichever option is chosen.’
    • ‘The report is analytical in the sense of identifying issues, but judicious in seeking balanced comment, and because it is careful to avoid judgments, it steers clear of provocation.’
    • ‘There are areas of every American city that you steer clear of or hurry through because they are more akin to third than first world.’
    • ‘If anyone could give me any recommendations/ones to steer clear of, then let me know.’
    • ‘They chose to work with fast-growing retailers who were rethinking how to sell furnishings, and they steered clear of most traditional home stores.’
    • ‘I also steered clear of even talking about the topic of Sherrie's pain.’
    • ‘Although he did not yet have a clear plan for his future, John steered clear of the hard-working, hard-drinking lifestyle of many of his fellow building workers.’
    • ‘Even then, he shunned the limelight, refusing interviews and steering clear of showbiz events.’
    • ‘By causing animals to steer clear of such objects, disgust helps them to avoid being poisoned or infected.’
    keep away from, keep one's distance from, keep at arm's length, give a wide berth to, avoid, avoid dealing with, have nothing to do with, shun, eschew
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