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freedom of maneuver

The space and ability to make changes to something. Hurry up! We don't have much freedom of maneuver in our schedule!
See also: freedom, maneuver, of

maneuver (one) into (doing something)

To cause, compel, or convince one to do something through subtle, duplicitous, or fraudulent manipulation. The prime minister has been slowly maneuvering members of parliament and the public alike into passing legislation that gives him more power. She maneuvered her siblings into signing over their rights to the estate to her.
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maneuver (one) out of (something)

To cause one to lose something or to not do something through subtle, duplicitous, or fraudulent manipulation. She maneuvered her siblings out of accepting their rights to their parents' estate so that she would have sole control over it.
See also: maneuver, of, out

maneuver for (something)

To attempt to contrive oneself into a position, whether physically or figuratively, by which one is able to achieve or obtain something. There was no order to the viewing area, with everyone competing with one another to maneuver for better spots to see the race. With the retirement of the COO last week, I've been maneuvering for a stronger position within the company.
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manoeuvre the apostles

obsolete To borrow or take money from one person or source to repay the debt of another (i.e., rob Peter to pay Paul). Primarily heard in UK. Mr. Hardy's firm has fallen into arrears of late, and the solicitor has been manoeuvring the apostles just to keep the business viable.
See also: apostle, manoeuvre

manoeuvring the apostles

obsolete The act of borrowing or taking money from one person or source to fund or repay the debt of another. A variant of "robbing Peter to pay Paul," which means the same. Primarily heard in UK. Mr. Hardy's law firm has fallen into arrears of late, and he's taken to manoeuvering the apostles just to keep the business afloat. Never pay a debt by taking on more debt—that's just manoeuvering the apostles, and it never works for long.
See also: apostle, manoeuvre

room for/to maneuver

The space and ability to make changes to something. Hurry up! We don't have much room to maneuver in our schedule!
See also: maneuver, room
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

maneuver for something

to get into position for something. Sally is maneuvering for a shot at a promotion. Todd maneuvered for some attention, but they ignored him.
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maneuver someone into something

to lure, position, or deceive someone into (doing) something. I will see if I can maneuver him into accepting the offer. He was maneuvered into accepting the offer.
See also: maneuver

maneuver someone out of something

to trick someone out of getting or achieving something. Are you trying to maneuver me out of the running for the job?' The runner maneuvered her opponent out of first place.
See also: maneuver, of, out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The group to which he naturally gravitated was that of the younger members of the Whig oligarchy, presided over by Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, and the savvy political maneuverer Charles James Fox.
Despite the fact that he's clearly not guilty of any harassment, Hackmann is portrayed as a clever maneuverer up the greasy pole of academe whose comeuppance is long overdue.
Like the war record and the comic opera of "Commander in Chief" immunity, Whitewater is something on which even Clinton, the supreme maneuverer, can't outflank Dole.
The trickiest role is Henry himself, since the play seems to want to exonerate this expert maneuverer. (A quote in the program from Sir Walter Raleigh reminds us of the numerous misdeeds glossed over amid the play's hagiography.) Jesson, whose First Gravedigger was the outstanding performance in the RSC's concurrent "Hamlet," is a portly, avuncular presence who, in the final moments, unexpectedly suggests a 20th century "new man": a king made human by fatherhood.
of the S-Class activate for enhanced safety and comfort; with automatic evasive maneuverers, steering assistance and automatic breaking.
Khartoum, Mar.8 (SUNA) - President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer Al-Basher will witness, Thursday, besides, the Custodian of the Two Holly Morgues, King Salman Bib Abdulaziz, the maneuverers of Raad Al-Shemal (North Thunder) which will be launched in Hafr Al-Batin, Saudi Arabia .
The launch itself was quite tricky, requiring some complicated maneuverers, to avoid flying over populated landmass.