maneuver Definition

  • 1a movement or series of moves requiring skill and care, especially in avoiding obstacles
  • 2a carefully planned scheme or action

Using maneuver: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "maneuver" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The ship made a difficult maneuver to avoid the iceberg.

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    The army's maneuvers were executed with precision.

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    She skillfully maneuvered her way through the crowded room.

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    The politician's maneuver was seen as an attempt to gain more power.

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    He used a clever maneuver to get out of the tricky situation.

maneuver Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for maneuver

Idioms Using maneuver

  • to perform a clever or skillful action in order to achieve a goal


    He pulled a maneuver to get the job he wanted.

  • to find a way to avoid or overcome a problem or obstacle


    The team had to maneuver around several obstacles to complete the project on time.

  • to take actions in order to be in a good position to do something


    The company maneuvered into position to take advantage of the new market.

Phrases with maneuver

  • to take actions in order to gain an advantage over others


    The two companies are maneuvering for position in the market.

  • a strategic move designed to increase one's power or influence


    The CEO's power maneuver was met with resistance from the board.

  • a sudden and quick movement made to avoid something dangerous or unpleasant


    The driver made an evasive maneuver to avoid hitting the pedestrian.

Origins of maneuver

from French 'manœuvre', from medieval Latin 'manuopera', meaning 'manual work'


Summary: maneuver in Brief

The term 'maneuver' [məˈnuːvə(r)] refers to a movement or series of moves that require skill and care, often to avoid obstacles. It can also refer to a carefully planned scheme or action. Examples include a ship maneuvering to avoid an iceberg, a politician's maneuver to gain power, and a clever maneuver to get out of a tricky situation. Phrases like 'maneuver for position' and idioms like 'pull a maneuver' denote taking actions to gain an advantage or achieve a goal.

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