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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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Latin Shakers, available at participating restaurants through November 8, 2015, include Pollo Campero's 100% white meat boneless chicken bites, known as Camperitos, along with any one of Campero's brand new Latin glazes.
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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.
Ten Imperial Shaker, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities around the country.
Customers can select shakers with a handle or without, and the tops are supplied with a mirror polished finish.
And so - before he has even opened Shakers at its new location - a lot of people want him gone.
The shakers have just four holes instead of 17, which officials hope will cut the salt being put on chips and help improve people's health.
At that time, the eight production lines were using distribution shakers and microwave loading equipment from a local supplier.
The shaker features five holes instead of the usual 17, and was designed after research carried out by Gateshead Council in 2005 discovered that customers were often receiving huge quantities of salt with their fish and chips - up to half their entire recommended daily allowance of salt in a single serving.
The competition has been backed by established Merseyside clubs and teams taking part are: Alder Antelopes, Bootle Bucks, Rainhill Rockets, Widnes Wizards, New Brighton Magpies, Wavertree Bush Shakers, Formby Foxes, Hightown Hawks, Oxton Lions, Upton Urchins, Young Xavs, New Vic Vulcans.
The self-guided Shaker Stroll concentrates on the history of the Shakers' ornamental plantings.
One of these kinds of tests employs to excite bridges a certain class of devices called shakers.
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Whatever it takes to draw just one new drinker to their espresso and coffee shakers (to help replace all the drinkers lost to bad service, bad coffee, boredom among the young).