- 1A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care: spectacular jumps and other daring maneuversMore example sentences
- The skill required in such a manoeuvre is not to be underestimated, especially in a tight skirt and four inch heels.
- Anyone who examines the route taken by Hanjour will see that it required a complex manoeuvre by an experienced pilot.
- Disturbances can occur while a fish is at rest, when swimming forwards and backwards, and during maneuvers while moving in either direction.
- 1.1A carefully planned scheme or action, especially one involving deception: shady financial maneuversMore example sentences
- It would seem a shame to turn down such a cunning manoeuvre without a compelling need.
- He has suggested that such tactical maneuvers could backfire.
- Other financial maneuvers can be made that hurt small unsecured creditors by leaving less money on the table.
- 1.2The fact or process of taking carefully planned or deceptive action: the economic policy provided no room for maneuverMore example sentences
- Consumers have borrowed up to the hilt, leaving little room for manoeuvre should times get seriously tough.
- And the Christmas launch date appeared to leave the company little room for manoeuvre should anything go wrong.
- In such circumstances, there would be some room for manoeuvre on interest rates.
- 2 (maneuvers) A large-scale military exercise of troops, warships, and other forces: the Russian vessel was on maneuversMore example sentences
- Colourful uniforms had been replaced by khaki; heroic charges and defences by long-range shelling; and sweeping military manoeuvres by trench warfare.
- I spent 40 years in the Army, about six of them separated from my family and perhaps a couple more on maneuvers, training exercises and temporary duty.
- But its demands for regime change and its military manoeuvres are increasing tensions at the same time.
verb (maneuvers, maneuvering, maneuvered)Back to top
- 1Move skillfully or carefully: [no object]: the truck was unable to maneuver comfortably in the narrow street [with object]: I’m maneuvering a loaded tray around the floorMore example sentences
- Up until this point almost all swords were heavy and required more strength than skill to maneuver.
- Our initial mission required us to maneuver into a canyon and destroy two caves.
- Also, larger oars were heavy and clumsy to maneuver and required multiple oarsmen.
- 2 [with object] Carefully guide or manipulate (someone or something) in order to achieve an end: they were maneuvering him into a betrayal of his countrymanMore example sentences
- They are forever busy manipulating and maneuvering situations to their advantage.
- In response, she sought to manoeuvre his own people ahead of his supporters in the lists.
- Along the way he's manoeuvred a group of marginal seat holders into more powerful positions.
- 2.1 [no object] Carefully manipulate a situation to achieve an end: (as noun maneuvering) two decades of political maneuveringMore example sentences
- We have no confidence in its leaders, who've manipulated and maneuvered against our civic initiate for years.
- No wonder the pre-election atmosphere can now be felt, particularly because the political elite have started maneuvering to serve their own and their groups' interests.
- As interest groups stepped up their lobbying, the political parties continued maneuvering in advance of a potential Senate vote to bar the filibusters.
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- It is the operators and maneuverers who survive these deals, not the people doing the work.
- This apparently convenient handle is more slippery than its maneuverers tend to appreciate.
- With such a large roster, a lot of manoeuvrers have to be eliminated so as not to step on someone else's toes.
mid 18th century (as a noun in the sense 'tactical movement'): from French manœuvre (noun), manœuvrer (verb), from medieval Latin manuoperare, from Latin manus 'hand' + operari 'to work'.