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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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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.
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Shaker Aamer like other British residents who were held in Guantanamo will be looking for a one million pound pay-out from our Government, because it has been alleged he was tortured in the presence of British agents, another issue that could involve public money is a PS70,000 bill for the hire of a private jet to get him back to Britain.
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Our mission as a museum is to bring the Shaker story to life and preserve it for future generations,'' said Lesley Herzberg, curator of collections at Hancock Shaker Village.
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Sisters in the faith; Shaker women and equality of the sexes.
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