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maneuver

Syllabification: ma·neu·ver
Pronunciation: /məˈno͞ovər
 
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(British manoeuvre)

Definition of maneuver in English:

noun

1A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care: spectacular jumps and other daring maneuvers
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  • 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.
Synonyms
operation, exercise, activity, move, movement, action
1.1A carefully planned scheme or action, especially one involving deception: shady financial maneuvers
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.2The fact or process of taking carefully planned or deceptive action: the economic policy provided no room for maneuver
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  • 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 maneuvers
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  • Colourful uniforms had been replaced by khaki; heroic charges and defences by long-range shelling; and sweeping military manoeuvres by trench warfare.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.
Synonyms
training exercises, exercises, war games, operations

verb (maneuvers, maneuvering, maneuvered)

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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 floor
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  • 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.
Synonyms
steer, guide, drive, negotiate, navigate, pilot, direct, manipulate, move, work, jockey
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 countryman
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  • 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.
Synonyms
intrigue, plot, scheme, plan, lay plans, conspire, pull strings
2.1 [no object] Carefully manipulate a situation to achieve an end: (as noun maneuvering) two decades of political maneuvering
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  • 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.
Synonyms
manipulate, contrive, manage, engineer, devise, plan, fix, organize, arrange, set up, orchestrate, choreograph, stage-manage
informal wangle

Origin

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'.

Derivatives

maneuverer

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noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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