bum steer

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bum steer (plural bum steers)

  1. (idiomatic) Bad advice or information, regardless of intention.
    • 1977, Kingsley Amis, Harold's years: impressions from the New Statesman and the Spectator:
      He never, so far as I knew, gave me a bum steer.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Mainly used after the verbs to give or to receive.