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manoeuvre or maneuver (məˈnuːvə)
 
n
1.  a contrived, complicated, and possibly deceptive plan or action: political manoeuvres
2.  a movement or action requiring dexterity and skill
3.  a.  a tactic or movement of one or a number of military or naval units
 b.  (plural) tactical exercises, usually on a large scale
4.  a planned movement of an aircraft in flight
5.  any change from the straight steady course of a ship
 
vb
6.  (tr) to contrive or accomplish with skill or cunning
7.  (intr) to manipulate situations, etc, in order to gain some end: to manoeuvre for the leadership
8.  (intr) to perform a manoeuvre or manoeuvres
9.  to move or deploy or be moved or deployed, as military units, etc
 
[C15: from French, from Medieval Latin manuopera manual work, from Latin manū operāre to work with the hand]
 
maneuver or maneuver
 
n
 
vb
 
[C15: from French, from Medieval Latin manuopera manual work, from Latin manū operāre to work with the hand]
 
ma'noeuvrable or maneuver
 
adj
 
ma'neuverable or maneuver
 
adj
 
manoeuvra'bility or maneuver
 
n
 
maneuvera'bility or maneuver
 
n
 
ma'noeuvrer or maneuver
 
n
 
ma'neuverer or maneuver
 
n
 
ma'noeuvring or maneuver
 
n
 
ma'neuvering or maneuver
 
n

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manoeuvre
also manoeuver, alt. spelling of maneuver. Also see oe; -re. Related: manoeuvres; manoeuvring.
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Example sentences
Political infighting and manoeuvring between rival factions will continue all year.
But with a contest for the party's crown likely next summer, more manoeuvring by potential candidates was expected.
Church was not skilled enough to check this sort of manoeuvring.
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