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From Middle French manœuvre ‎(manipulation, maneuver) and manouvrer ‎(to maneuver), from Old French manovre ‎(handwork, manual labour), from Medieval Latin manopera, manuopera ‎(work done by hand, handwork), from manu ‎(by hand) + operari ‎(to work). First recorded in the Capitularies of Charlemagne (800 CE) to mean "chore, manual task", probably as a calque of the Frankish *handwerc ‎(hand-work). Compare Old English handweorc, handġeweorc, German Handwerk.



maneuver ‎(plural maneuvers) (American)

  1. A movement, often one performed with difficulty.
    Parallel parking can be a difficult maneuver.
  2. (often in the plural) A large training field-exercise of military troops.
    The army was on maneuvers.
    Joint NATO maneuvers are as much an exercise in diplomacy as in tactics and logistics.
  3. An adroit or cunning action; a stratagem.


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maneuver ‎(third-person singular simple present maneuvers, present participle maneuvering, simple past and past participle maneuvered) (American)

  1. (transitive) To move (something) carefully, and often with difficulty, into a certain position.
  2. (figuratively, transitive) To guide, steer, manage purposefully
  3. (figuratively, intransitive) To intrigue, manipulate, plot, scheme
    The patriarch maneuvered till his offspring occupied countless key posts