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the moving spirit

A person who is the catalyst or founder of an organization, movement, etc. Strangely, the moving spirit behind the protest was not in attendance, despite all the work she did to organize it.
See also: moving, spirit

the moving ˈspirit

the person who begins and leads a group, for example a political party, a group of artists, etc: He was one of the moving spirits in the establishment of the United Nations.
See also: moving, spirit
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I saw at once that Tchebaroff was the moving spirit in the matter, and, to speak frankly, I thought he might have induced you, Mr.
Shahid Nadeem, the moving spirit behind Ajoka, told this reporter that Ajoka had so far held about 20 theatre workshops to educate and train young actors.
Aftab Mehsud, a close friend of Naqeeb Ullah Mehsud, who has been a moving spirit in the protests in Islamabad to resent the tragic death of the latter, was killed in DI Khan Late Saturday night.
And FATF full member India, exploiting its newfound 'natural' alliance with the US, is the real moving spirit behind the step.
of Radiology at JPMC was the moving spirit behind this academic activity.
He, however, humbly said that he owed his success to Hakeem Muhammad Said, the moving spirit behind Naunehaal.
The moving spirit behind setting up EJN, Aiden White, has contributed a brainy piece to the report, excerpts of which follow:
Sitting ministers had named names of some higher ups in the sensitive state institutions for being the moving spirit behind the prolonged sit in of 2014 and senior judges of higher judiciary have given revealing remarks in open courts about the recent violent sit in at Faizabad by religious fanatics.
Baba-e-Urdu was the moving spirit behind the Usmania University Hyderabad, Deccan, where all subjects were taught in Urdu.
Today he is the moving spirit behind the movement, "Congress Mukt North East".
He stated, 'My special gratitude is to Wang Heshan, the Vice Governor of People government of Ningxia Hui, Autonomous region of China, the moving spirit behind this rally whose personal presence indicates the importance attached to the promotion of cultural relations between the two countries.
He is the moving spirit in India of the Desmo Owners Club (named after the desmodromic valve used in Ducati bikes) a global association of Ducati bike lovers, who travelled in July this year to Misano, Italy, to meet other Ducati aficionados and participate in the World Ducati Week, held at the Marco Simoncelli World Circuit racing track there.
Today, let us remember her as the moving spirit behind the formation of Sir John Johnson Centennial Branch in 1967.
Over a period of just a year or so, the army chief has become the moving spirit behind the government of Pakistan's decisions that have helped prevent many disasters.
Unwavering dedication and steel-strong determination that is the real moving spirit or driving force behind the economic revolution that has transformed china into an engine of global economy.