Definition of bum steer in English:

bum steer


North American
  • A piece of false information or unhelpful guidance.

    ‘large numbers of kids are getting a bum steer in life’
    • ‘I don't know, I sometimes think now that that was kind of a bum steer, except that it was always a problem or a fork in the road in my life.’
    • ‘But rather than meaning Brown had an entirely bum steer here, the more likely explanation is that there was a party within the SDMI that wanted to run up the white flag on Friday, but that its effort failed.’
    • ‘And just like cattle, it seems some have been neutered along the way and have found themselves jobs as political journalists whose purpose is to give us our daily bum steer.’
    • ‘I hope the author of this piece has gotten a bum steer and his source was wrong.’
    • ‘Meanwhile I knew one of you would give me a bum steer with those translations.’
    • ‘Outside board members gave her a bum steer as she analyzed an Informix Corp.’
    • ‘Michael admits that maybe he's been given a bum steer by the banks on that one.’
    • ‘The more I see it, the more I know that it is mostly a bum steer.’
    • ‘Most important, though, there's not a bum steer in the lot.’
    • ‘Anyway, complaining that dance magazines are rubbishing Fischerspooner is on a par with moaning that Kerrang have given Atomic Kitten a bum steer, isn't it?’
    • ‘The inspector was beginning to think he had received a bum steer.’
    • ‘It could of course be the accents - but it could also be that someone's given us a bum steer somewhere down the line.’
    • ‘Live albums can be a bum steer at the best of times, but a double-CD set celebrating the mighty Ozzy Osbourne-curated festival that trawls round the States each year?’
    • ‘Basically, I think the whole metaphor - and it is a metaphor - of ‘text’ and ‘writing’ as synonyms for communication, as they have been deployed in the so called New Humanities, was a bum steer.’
    • ‘In this case, I think he may have been given a bum steer by Google, since his report attributes that information directly to a ‘company spokeswoman’.’
    • ‘Rather than giving us a clear steer, we have been given a bum steer on this matter.’
    • ‘I mean somehow it seems like an awful bum steer to have gotten for a while, but there was definitely something in the air that meant it was interesting to investigate all those kinds of things.’
    • ‘I've never been sure whether the original lead about the identity of the documents peddler was just a bum steer or a fragment of the real story which we had somehow misinterpreted.’
    • ‘It might be a bum steer, and if it is we just search harder.’
    • ‘He says loggers have been given a bum steer by officialdom.’
    disinformation, false information, misleading information, deception
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1920s: from bum + steer in the sense ‘advice, guidance’.