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[muh-noo-ver] /məˈnu vər/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), manoeuvred, manoeuvring.
Chiefly British, maneuver. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for manoeuvre
  • The details of how he intends to manage it are still unclear, but he is gaining even more room for manoeuvre.
  • Neat, and better than putting the spoke key on the main body which would be harder to manoeuvre around the spokes themselves.
  • He is a wily politician, but his room for manoeuvre is limited.
  • But with a soaring budget deficit, the government's room for manoeuvre will be limited.
  • The tension between the two firms has been growing as both manoeuvre to grab a bigger share of the mobile-advertising business.
  • These countries have far less fiscal room for manoeuvre than rich economies.
  • But other big countries have less room for manoeuvre.
  • BP, still desperate to stem the flow, tried a new manoeuvre last week.
  • Countries with floating exchange rates have a bit more room for manoeuvre.
  • Economically, there is sensible room for manoeuvre without damaging growth.
British Dictionary definitions for manoeuvre


a contrived, complicated, and possibly deceptive plan or action: political manoeuvres
a movement or action requiring dexterity and skill
  1. a tactic or movement of one or a number of military or naval units
  2. (pl) tactical exercises, usually on a large scale
a planned movement of an aircraft in flight
any change from the straight steady course of a ship
(transitive) to contrive or accomplish with skill or cunning
(intransitive) to manipulate situations, etc, in order to gain some end: to manoeuvre for the leadership
(intransitive) to perform a manoeuvre or manoeuvres
to move or deploy or be moved or deployed, as military units, etc
Derived Forms
manoeuvrable, (US) maneuverable, adjective
manoeuvrability, (US) maneuverability, noun
manoeuvrer, (US) maneuverer, noun
manoeuvring, (US) maneuvering, noun
Word Origin
C15: from French, from Medieval Latin manuopera manual work, from Latin manū operāre to work with the hand
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Word Origin and History for manoeuvre

also manoeuver, alternative spelling of maneuver. Also see oe; -re. Related: manoeuvres; manoeuvred; manoeuvring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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