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- A manoeuvre is a planned action with a series of stages. It gets to a goal not directly, but by steps. If in a contest, it may involve deception, with the purpose hidden as long as possible. A manoeuvre may be simple or extremely complex.
- This was the manoeuvre: to bring his opponent into the net, and follow with a lob or a passing shot.
- A skilfull or subtle plan.
- His plan was a clever manoeuvre.
- (US) (transitive) If something is manoeuvered, it is moved somewhere else, generally with difficulty.
- She manouvered her car into the parking space.
- (transitive) If someone manoeuvers a person, they manipulate, plot, guide, steer or manage them purposefully.
- She manoeuvered him into a position where he had to do what she wanted.
- (intransitive) To do the action cleverly.
- She is manoeuvring.