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as a noun in the sense ‘tactical movement’): from French manœuvre (noun), manœuvrer (verb), from medieval Latin manuoperare, from Latin manus ‘hand’ + operari ‘to work.’


  • 1a: a movement or series of moves requiring skill and care: spectacular jumps and other daring maneuvers.
b: a carefully planned scheme or action, especially one involving deception: shady financial maneuvers.
c the fact or process of taking carefully planned or deceptive action: the economic policy provided no room for maneuver.
  • 2: (maneuvers) a large-scale military exercise of troops, warships, and other forces: the Russian vessel was on maneuvers.


A tactical move, or series of moves, that improves or maintains one's strategic situation in a competitive environment or avoids a worse situation.

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