Hello my friends non-native English speakers!
Today we’re going to look at the following English idiom: STEER CLEAR and how to use it in your daily English conversations.
So, first of all let’s do some Google search to validate this English expression and make sure that it actually exists. To accomplish that, we just need to enter the phrase STEER CLEAR into the Google search bar in quotation marks (it’s very important!) and hit “Enter”:
As you can see, there are more than 6 million search results returned containing the phrase STEER CLEAR which means it’s a very valid English expression.
Next, have a look at the top search results:
As a rule of thumb, if the phrase in question is an idiom (a set phrase where the word order can’t be changed), you’ll definitely see some dictionary website search results coming up among the top search results, and that’s exactly what you’re seeing now – TheFreeDictionary.com search results clearly indicate that to STEER CLEAR is an idiom.
And now – what this idiom means.
In simple terms, it means TO AVOID.
Simple as that!
There’s really nothing more to it, so basically:
Whenever you want to say that it’s best to avoid something, you may as well say it’s best to STEER CLEAR of it.
As always – for sample sentences please refer to the video above!
Thanks for tuning in,