mover and shaker
mover and shaker definition by Webster's New World
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a person who has power and influence, esp., a member of a group having power and influence
mover and shaker definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. movers and shakersThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
One who wields power and influence in a sphere of activity: “the importance of hanging out with the movers and shakers of the art world” (Richard Colvin).
mover and shaker - Business Definition
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A well-known and important person who wields substantial influence in a particular area. For example, Bill Gates is a global mover and shaker in charity work.
mover and shaker - Phrases/Idioms
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]