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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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There is an agreement with Jordan and another one with Saudi Arabia exceeding 2,000 MW, Shaker said.
This included one instance in which Shaker banned six female singers for acting "racy" in order to "deliberately stir instincts and desires," which suggests that Shaker's own music is torpid and stirs nothing but boredom.
Because of their inspirational nature, all three music types are best classified together as Shaker spirituals.
Shaker is a holder of a Bachelor of Administrative Sciences Degree in Quantitative Methods from King Saud University, Riyadh and a Master of Science Degree in Statistics from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
For such generalised operations, the shakers need to be placed into the hands of expert users--so that problems such as strange payload resonances can be identified and prevented so they don't damage the shaker table.
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So what was Shaker Aamer doing in Taliban controlled Afghanistan when he was first detained?
The Massachusetts site became the home of six Shaker family-style communities.
The Leatherman Salt and Pepper Shaker is also in Patent Pending status within the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Shaker remembers doodling in school, more immersed in his sketches than the lessons taught.
except by the request, or free consent of both their parents, if living" (71) But, as Woo points out, in practice the Shakers were reluctant to give up converts such as James, "who were in their prime and genuinely inspired by the Shaker religion" Particularly when the dissenting parent was a woman, they had a pattern of admitting the father nonetheless, to be followed by his children, who were his to dispose of by law.
M2 PHARMA-September 20, 2010-Generex signs sales agreement with Elias Shaker & Co(C)2010 M2 COMMUNICATIONS
This warranty is valid when the shaker has been run within design specifications and maintained according to manufacturer's recommendations.
This article examines the disparity between fictional and historical accounts of Shaker women.
The MaxQ 8000 stackable orbital shaker is designed for labs shaking large quantities of flasks in a small space.