the movers and shakers

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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the movers and shakers

JOURNALISM
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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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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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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Courtesy DIFF) The movers and shakers of the Gulf movie industry were in attendance during Thursday night's glittering ceremony at the One&Only Royal Mirage hotel.
The publication will feature details of the movers and shakers in Welsh business, as well as leading figures from the public sector and politics.
For many, the novelty of making the January pilgrimage to the Alps has worn off, and without the movers and shakers there will be no talk, and certainly no action.
At the end of the day the movers and shakers go home to Bel Air or Palos Verdes, but it's the burghers who stay in the city and endure it.
But not by attacking the movers and shakers, Bartimole grumbles.