Definition of bum steer in English:

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bum steer


North American informal
A piece of false information or unhelpful guidance: large numbers of kids are getting a bum steer in life
More example sentences
  • I hope the author of this piece has gotten a bum steer and his source was wrong.
  • In this case, I think he may have been given a bum steer by Google, since his report attributes that information directly to a ‘company spokeswoman’.
  • I've never been sure whether the original lead about the identity of the documents peddler was just a bum steer or a fragment of the real story which we had somehow misinterpreted.


1920s: from bum1 + steer1 in the sense 'advice, guidance'.

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