Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Five hundred years of the vulgar tongue

‘Quite simply the best historical dictionary of English slang there is, ever has been […] or is ever likely to be’​ — Journal of English Language and Linguistics

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steerer, n. 1. [mid-19C+] that member of a confidence trick team who engages the prospective victim and lures him into the con. 2. [late 19C+] anyone, e.g. a cab driver, hotel doorman or similar figure, who points a searcher towards the variety of self-indulgence they seek, e.g. sex, drugs, gambling. 3. [1920s–40s] a crooked lawyer; an agent who supplies such a lawyer with clients. 4. [1950s] a man who runs a string of homosexual male prostitutes. 5.  one who directs a buyer to a street dealer.