- 1A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care: snowboarders performed daring manoeuvres on precipitous slopesMore 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 or cunning scheme or action: shady financial manoeuvresMore 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.
- 1.2 [mass noun] The fact or process of taking carefully planned or cunning action: the economic policy provided no room for manoeuvreMore 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 (manoeuvres) A large-scale military exercise of troops, warships, and other forces: the Russian vessel was on manoeuvresMore 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- Colourful uniforms had been replaced by khaki; heroic charges and defences by long-range shelling; and sweeping military manoeuvres by trench warfare.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 (manoeuvres, manoeuvring, manoeuvred)Back to top
- 1Move skilfully or carefully: [no object]: the lorry was unable to manoeuvre comfortably in the narrow street [with object and adverbial of direction]: she tried to manoeuvre her trolley round peopleMore example sentences
- A special tube is inserted into the patient's leg or arm and carefully manoeuvred to the artery needing attention.
- These can range from narrow aisles to inadequate toilet facilities but for William his biggest headache is finding a suitable shopping trolley he can manoeuvre himself.
- The strain, as a punter tries to manoeuvre a fully laden trolley around the end of an aisle is just colossal.
- 2 [with object and adverbial] Carefully guide or manipulate (someone or something) in order to achieve an end: they were manoeuvring him into betraying his friendMore 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] Manipulate a situation to achieve an end: [with infinitive]: Rann was manoeuvring to elope with the girlMore 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'.