Definition of steer clear of in English:

steer clear of


  • Take care to avoid or keep away from.

    ‘steer clear of fatty food’
    • ‘By causing animals to steer clear of such objects, disgust helps them to avoid being poisoned or infected.’
    • ‘They chose to work with fast-growing retailers who were rethinking how to sell furnishings, and they steered clear of most traditional home stores.’
    • ‘Even then, he shunned the limelight, refusing interviews and steering clear of showbiz events.’
    • ‘If anyone could give me any recommendations/ones to steer clear of, then let me know.’
    • ‘I also steered clear of even talking about the topic of Sherrie's pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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