mover and shaker

plural movers and shakers

Definition of mover and shaker

: a person who is active or influential in some field of endeavor

Examples of mover and shaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the thermal-only view, plate tectonics are the true movers and shakers of the world, dictating where upwelling happens. Quanta Magazine, "Continents of the Underworld Come Into Focus," 7 Jan. 2020 Hehre seems to have a knack for connecting with the movers and shakers who can help her grow. Karla Ward, Washington Post, "UK grad runs hospital for orphans in Africa," 25 Dec. 2019 And Domingo joined the opera-loving cabal of movers and shakers and donors angling to take charge. Mark Swed,, "Commentary: Plácido Domingo had to go, but he still matters," 7 Oct. 2019 But the movers and shakers in Bangkok are already worried about the impact of population aging on national debt. Washington Post, "What a Coup for Thailand’s Junta," 25 Mar. 2019 The co-working office space has quickly established itself as central to getting things done in the world of movers and shakers. Brendan Bures,, "WeWork founder sounds bonkers, but he sure does love marijuana," 23 Sep. 2019 Over the summer, the Breeders’ Cup board, composed of the sport’s main movers and shakers, considered moving its annual event from the troubled track. Mike Tierney, New York Times, "Another Horse’s Death Overshadows Vino Rosso’s Win at Breeders’ Cup Classic," 2 Nov. 2019 Selig, the emeritus commissioner of Major League Baseball, Lubar, a businessman and philanthropist, and Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual chairman, president and chief executive, are longtime movers and shakers in the city. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bud Selig, Sheldon Lubar, John Schlifske among honorary chairs of DNC 2020 host committee," 24 Oct. 2019 Business Life movers and shakers also look to the future. Glendale News-Press, "On the Town: Business Life luncheon honors women for their achievements," 30 Sep. 2019

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Mover and shaker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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