bum steer

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bum steer
 
n
slang chiefly (US) false or misleading information or advice

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bum steer

False or misleading information; poor advice. For example, Gene felt his doctor had given him a bum steer, as he hadn't lost any weight on the diet. [Slang; c. 1920]

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