Definition of manoeuvre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English maneuver) noun
    BrE BrE//məˈnuːvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈnuːvər//
    Travelling by boat or ship
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  1. 1[countable] a movement performed with care and skill a complicated/skilful manoeuvre You will be asked to perform some standard manoeuvres during your driving test.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a clever plan, action or movement that is used to give somebody an advantage synonym move diplomatic manoeuvres a complex manoeuvre in a game of chess The amendment was somehow introduced by political manoeuvre.
  3. 3manoeuvres [plural] military exercises involving a large number of soldiers, ships, etc. The army is on manoeuvres in the desert. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  4. Word Originmid 18th cent. (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’.Extra examples He used cutting-edge manoeuvres to outsmart other bidders. Her withdrawal from the contest was a tactical manoeuvre. The economic conditions are restricting he bank’s freedom of manoeuvre. The government has very little room for manoeuvre on this issue. The pilot has to carry out a series of complex manoeuvres. The unit is on manoeuvres in southern Italy. Careful , this is a tricky manoeuvre. It can be seen as a tactical manoeuvre to gain some time. It was difficult to keep track of her political manoeuvres. She defended her latest manoeuvre in a letter to the press. The agreement was a result of weeks of diplomatic manoeuvre. They attempted the manoeuvre five or six times. This could be a clever pre-election manoeuvre.Idioms
    freedom of/room for manoeuvre
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    the chance to change the way that something happens and influence decisions that are made Small farmers have limited room for manoeuvre.