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prime mover

The person or thing that generates the initial energy or momentum for something to happen. The newly elected congresswoman has been the prime mover in the recent environmental reforms. While there were a confluence of events leading to his removal from office, it was the revelation of his tax evasion over the years that was the prime mover.
See also: mover, prime

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.
See also: and, mover, shaker

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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prime mover

Fig. the force that sets something going; someone or something that starts something off. The assistant manager was the prime mover in getting the manager sacked. Discontent with his job was the prime mover in John's deciding to retire early.
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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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prime mover

The initial source of energy directed toward a goal, someone or something that sets others in motion. For example, Jean was the prime mover in getting us more laboratory space, or Patriotism was the prime mover of the revolution. [Late 1600s]
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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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a prime ˈmover

a person or a thing that starts something and has an important influence on its development: The prime mover in setting up the group was ex-lawyer James Stanley.Economic factors are the prime mover of change.
See also: mover, prime

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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Founded in 1999, Boston-based moving company Monster Movers is an award winning local residential and long distance mover, offering local moving, long distance moving, packing, and storage services.
According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research " Railcar Mover Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020," the railcar mover market is growing at a CAGR of 1.
The digital media product officially launched last year in targeting new movers for cable, telecom and satellite firms.
Driven by both the desire to create enterprise value and the need to protect enterprise value, early movers understand that changes in the business environment could alter the assumptions and risk/reward considerations management initially considered when establishing strategic direction.
However, the general pattern that less than half of second movers are trustworthy is similar to what has been reported previously (Cox and Deck 2005; Gillies and Rigdon 2008; and Deck 2009).
Sally Ridenour, a spokeswoman for the motor carrier division, said seven movers were contacted for the Eugene sting, but two didn't show up and one called and canceled.
For this Saturday's home match, ticket holders will not be able to use their season tickets in place of a valid Magpie Mover.
Commercial movers are familiar with these issues and they will be readily able to offer solutions.
In fact, non-metro non-movers were almost 70% more likely than non-metro movers to be self-employed (non-incorporated).
The company also rents Rubbermaid bins and U-Haul trucks and trailers to DYI movers.
Under a wide variety of conditions, first movers in ultimatum games tend to propose relatively equal splits.
The non-corporeal movers, like what the philosophers call nature and the active intellect (al-caql al-facal), and the First Cause (al-'illatul ula), are not supposed to create forced movement (harakah qasriyyah); as for nature, it is self-evident, and as for the intellect and the First Cause, their inability [to do so] is left to the Divine knowledge.
Movers are required to have toll-free numbers to assist direct communication between the service member and the transportation provider.
However, movers are struggling to keep their businesses on the road, too.