1 skilful movement
ADJ. complex, complicated | difficult | dangerous | clever, skilful
VERB + MANOEUVRE carry out, execute, perform The pilot has to carry out a series of complex manoeuvres. | attempt | complete
2 clever plan
ADJ. successful | strategic, tactical Her withdrawal from the contest was a tactical manoeuvre. | diplomatic, political
VERB + MANOEUVRE carry out, execute
MANOEUVRE + VERB fail, succeed
PREP. by a/the ~ By this manoeuvre, he hopes to gain an advantage at a later stage.
PHRASES freedom of manoeuvre The economic conditions are restricting the Chancellor's freedom of manoeuvre. | room for manoeuvre The government has very little room for manoeuvre on this issue.
3 military operation
ADJ. military, strategic, tactical
VERB + MANOEUVRE carry out, conduct, execute, perform
PHRASES be/go on manoeuvres The unit is on manoeuvres in southern Italy.
ADV. carefully | easily | expertly, skilfully
VERB + MANOEUVRE be difficult to, be easy to
PREP. around, past, through, etc. He skilfully manoeuvred the motor boat past the rocks.
PHRASES manoeuvre (sth) into position, manoeuvre your way (figurative) He had manoevred his way into a position of strength in the party. | room to manoeuvre The clutter of ships had little room to manoeuvre.