Are you on a diet? You’d better steer clear of the bakery! You know they always put the best cookies in the window and you might get tempted!
If you are going to Downtown LA, I advise you to steer clear of the 110 freeway. I heard on the radio that there was a big accident and traffic is pretty terrible at this time.
steer clear + of + noun
steer clear = avoid + something
This expression is often used to warn people about something they should avoid. In example 1, they suggest avoiding the bakery (with many delicious sweets) while their friend is on a diet. In example 2, the person is advised to avoid the freeway because of heavy traffic.
This idiom was taken from the LSI textbook titled “Reading Horizons,” which is used to teach Level 6 Reading/Vocabulary classes at LSI schools. For more information please visitwww.languagesystems.com