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a mover and a shaker

A person who is able to get things done with their power, influence, or money. She thinks her father can get me into law school. Apparently he's quite a mover and a shaker. The conference is going to be full of movers and shakers of the industry, so I want to make a good impression.
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Someone who raises money for a particular place, event, or cause. The phrase alludes to collecting money in a can. Oh, the kids are out being can-shakers for their softball team today.

movers and shakers

people who get things done; organizers and managers. The movers and shakers in this firm haven't exactly been working overtime. Who are the movers and shakers around here?
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mover and shaker

A person who wields power and influence in a particular activity or field, as in He's one of the movers and shakers in the art world. At first the two nouns referred specifically to God, alluding to the belief that a divine force was responsible for all events. The current usage refers only to human beings. [Second half of 1800s]
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the movers and shakers

COMMON If you talk about the movers and shakers, you mean the people with power and influence in a particular area who make things happen and cause new developments. They were given introductions to the movers and shakers in the industry. Cochran was only 21, but in four short years had established himself as one of the movers and shakers of '50s rock'n'roll. Note: This comes from the poem `Ode' by Arthur O'Shaugnessy (1874): `We are the music-makers And we are the dreamers of dreams... We are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever, it seems.'
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a mover and shaker

someone at the centre of events who makes things happen; a powerful person.
Movers and shakers is first recorded in Arthur O'Shaughnessy's 1874 poem ‘Ode’.
1998 Times Ten years from now his name will again be high on the list of movers and shakers to watch in the decade.
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ˌmovers and ˈshakers

people with power in important organizations: He is one of the principle movers and shakers in the political arena.
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n. a fund-raiser. (As if a person were holding a can for the solicitation of coins from passersby.) Fred was a professional can-shaker for a museum. Maybe he has some ideas as to how we can raise some money.

movers and shakers

n. people who get things done; organizers and managers. The movers and shakers in this firm haven’t exactly been working overtime.
See also: and, mover, shaker
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and the other Shakers moved on to Poland Hill, Maine.
Some industry users have very predictable requirements with a known product range to test, standard specifications against which they'll be tested and known size, asymmetry and fixturing needs, all of which can be taken into account when the shaker table is specified.
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The original Shakers came from Manchester, England, to New York in 1774, a group of eight Protestant worshippers known as the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing.
Both Chapman and Dyer were married to men who turned their backs on the "people of the world" to join the utopian communalist religious sect known as the Shakers (Woo 181).
Movers and Shakers, this season, will retain the basic elements of topicality, freshness, variety and unpredictability but, the differentiator will be a more mature Shekhar Suman.
This "dying" wife warns the young couple of the problems they will encounter in the world but concludes by saying that it is "almost against nature for a woman to try to part lovers" and thus tacitly advises them to continue on their flight away from the Shakers.
The stainless steel Iso-Flo shakers satisfy the most stringent sanitation demands in the industry, meeting EHEDG guidelines and HACCP requirements.
The shakers offer features such as run points and set points for temperature, speed and time, displayed simultaneously for more convenient run cycle monitoring.
Interiors have been dramatically altered and subdivided since the Shakers left the site in 1916.
SPRINGFIELD - To hear him tell it, Jack Dugger - who until recently employed 16 women to dance naked at his Shakers Bar and Grill in Springfield - had never set foot in a strip club until he decided to open one eight years ago.
COUNCIL chiefs hope to cut salt consumption - by reducing the holes in fish and chip shop salt shakers.
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The Wavertree Bush Shakers, who finished second on the same number of points, but scored 114 runs less, will be hoping to qualify as the best runners-up.
Today, many automobile manufacturers worldwide use multiple long-stroke electrohydraulic (EH), sometimes called servohydraulic, shakers to accomplish such tests.