to steer clear of

Idiom Definition

"to steer clear of"

to be careful to avoid something or somebody because there might be problems with something or somebody

Idiom Definition - to steer clear of


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to steer clear of

A husband and wife, who live in the suburbs, are chatting over breakfast one morning ...

Husband:  Are you going into the city this morning?

Wife:  I thought I might go in and do a little shopping.

HusbandSteer clear of Highway 320.  There is some construction that is slowing down traffic considerably.

Wife:  OK.  I will avoid Highway 320, thank you.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to steer clear of

Two coworkers are chatting at their desks just after lunch ...

Coworker 1:  What's on your agenda for this afternoon?

Coworker 2:  I need to go and see the boss about getting some direction for this report.

Coworker 1:  I would steer clear of the boss today. She's in a very bad mood for some reason.

Coworker 2:  Thanks for the warning.  I think I'll just avoid the boss today and see her tomorrow.

to steer clear of - Usage:


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to steer clear of - Gerund Form:

Steering clear of the bully at school can keep you safe from pain.

to steer clear of - Examples:

1)  But since I'm buying presents for Christmas and trying to steer clear of presents for myself, I think I'll have to wait.

2)  Many of these prison employees have worked for decades to try to help people steer clear of their addiction.

3)  On second thought, it's best to steer clear of this south Atlantic scorpion fish.

4)  I do hope your loved ones manage to steer clear of the path of similarly impolite people.

5)  If men were involved fathers, more kids might stay in school, steer clear of crime, and avoid poverty as adults.

6)  I would probably steer clear of wearing thigh high black boots and a red and white skirt.

7)  I was furious with him and vowed that he'd be wise to steer clear of me for the rest of his natural life.

8)  Adopt a neutral tone. Be professional and courteous, separate emotion from fact and steer clear of the blame game.

9)  If you have any sense you should steer clear of this blog detailing the misfortunes and misadventures of my hitherto good friend.

10)  Katz also advises to steer clear of swordfish, unpasteurized milk or soft cheeses.

11)  If your child begs for toys or treats when you shop, steer clear of "temptation islands" full of eye-level goodies. 

12)  If you are looking for any hosting organization for your personal organization, steer clear of going with free website hosts.

13)  A president who wanted to assure that his good name is deserved would steer clear of accepting an airplane ride to Kazakhstan.

14)  Try to steer clear of smoking temptations.

15) It seems that the only way to survive AIDS is to steer clear of the medical profession and its terrible drugs. 

16)  You can steer clear of the jellyfish but sometimes they do come at you and get you.

17)  They live in the upper canopy of the forest, no doubt to steer clear of bigger, heavier predators, and survive on an omnivorous diet of fruit.

18)  Alexander has made it known that he thinks the federal government should steer clear of mandating teacher evaluation.

19)  In order to receive such benefits, the IRS says churches must steer clear of political endorsements.

20)  Steer clear of internships that are glorified gofer positions.