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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 was a confluence of events leading to his removal from office, it was the revelation of his tax evasion that was the prime mover.
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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.
See also: mover, prime

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]
See also: mover, prime

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
References in classic literature ?
The great Zola, or call him the immense Zola, was the prime mover in the attack upon the masters of the Romanticistic school; but he lived to own that he had fought a losing fight, and there are some proofs that he was right.
Noel Vanstone, in the most alarming language, that he is destined to become the victim of a conspiracy; and that the prime mover of it is a young lady who has already held written communication with his father and himself.
Nevertheless the sensation involving discomfort remains the prime mover.
'Why, there's Copperfield, mother,' he angrily retorted, pointing his lean finger at me, against whom all his animosity was levelled, as the prime mover in the discovery; and I did not undeceive him;
He was the prime mover of insurance companies, the protector of new enterprises for public conveyance; he suggested petitions for asking the administration for the necessary roads and bridges.
He was commenting on news reports that the group said to be led by Thomas Mojuga Tukang, who claimed to be the prime mover of Bersatu's entry into Sabah, had left the party and brought along with him a number of leaders and members.
Tenders are invited for harsco prime mover four (4) day training practical and/classroom instruction (monday through thursday) - scope of work: improve mechanic trouble shooting skills - hands on instruction with the prime mover. - indepth schematic reading training - troubleshooting and repair of existing on going issues.
Meghan Markle will reportedly be the prime mover in her marriage to Prince Harry, says Judi James, a body language expert.
The prime mover, KCA 375 J, was transferred to Alice Wamai and was only discovered early in the week by the National Transport Authority.
Aside from the prime mover, which was carrying a 20-footer container van, also involved in the smash-up were two taxis, a fuel tanker, a Toyota Vios, a Honda Civic, a Toyota RAV4, an Isuzu D-Max, a Suzuki Celerio, and a Toyota Innova.
The USA and Russia should agree on their mutual concerns, with the UN as the prime mover in a truce.
But who would have been the prime mover in that one?
* If a tow bar is unavailable, connect cables, chains or ropes to the pintle of the prime mover and to the lifting shackles of the towed vehicle.
The prime mover behind the con was 27-year-old Danielle Exley from Holywell Green who worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance and used her inside knowledge relating to the administration of pet insurance to carry out further fraud on the Royal Sun Alliance.
Concurrent activation potentiation is a type of potentiation phenomenon that is proposed to increase prime mover activation via simultaneous contractions remote from the prime mover (2).