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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STEER

Peart and cunnin', but a heap too wise fur you, son; take my steer on that.

Garmer tried to steer me off this line of stocks the other night.

I was tired of trying to steer a course for myself, with no compass to go by.

Taking Misargyrides' arm and attempting to steer him off-stage.

Well, I'll tell you somethin'—will you put down a good bet if I steer you straight?

Now here was a satisfactory boy, on the spot, whom he could teach, and have to steer for him.

He knew the sea well, and it would be pleasant to steer on it one to whom it was all new—all, all.

A man whom I liked very much was busy experimenting how to steer balloons.

"I didn't want to stop you," she continued, trying to steer an even course.

How'm I goin' to see to steer with that smackin' me between the eyes every other second?

WORD ORIGIN

"guide the course of a vehicle," Old English steran (Mercian), stieran (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *steurijanan (cf. Old Norse styra, Old Frisian stiora, Dutch sturen, Old High German stiuren, German steuern "to steer," Gothic stiurjan "to establish, assert"), related to *steuro "a rudder, a steering" (cf. Old English steor "helm, rudder," German Steuer and first element in starboard), from PIE *steu-ro- (cf. Greek stauros "stake, pole"), from root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

The notion is of a stiff, upright pillar or post used in steering. To steer clear of in the figurative sense of "to avoid completely" is recorded from 1723. Related: Steered; steering. Steering committee in the U.S. political sense is recorded from 1887.

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