Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Chiefly Brit. See maneuver.

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  • noun Australia, New Zealand, UK A movement, often one performed with difficulty.
  • noun UK, often plural A large movement of military troops.
  • verb transitive, Australia, New Zealand, UK To move (something) carefully, and often with difficulty, into a certain position.

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  • verb perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
  • verb act in order to achieve a certain goal
  • noun a move made to gain a tactical end
  • noun an action aimed at evading an opponent
  • verb direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  • noun a plan for attaining a particular goal
  • noun a military training exercise
  • noun a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill

Etymologies

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From the French noun manœuvre and verb manœuvrer, from Old French manovrer, from Vulgar Latin *manuoperare, from Latin manu ("by hand") + operari ("to work").

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