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 The yearly event, which draws art world movers and shakers from all around the globe, has been postponed until October. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Here’s which D-FW events are off as the coronavirus crisis escalates," 14 Mar. 2020 The House Members’ Dining Room has been feeding movers and shakers since 1858. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Now you can eat at the Capitol just like a U.S. representative: Badly," 4 Dec. 2019 Game Day Communications, founded by former ESPN Anchor Betsy Ross in 2002, has worked for movers and shakers across Cincinnati, including Frisch's Big Boy, the Flying Pig Marathon and Cincinnati Music Festival to name a few. Sarah Brookbank,, "Local PR firm gives business advice to be learned from Joe Exotic, the Tiger King," 31 Mar. 2020 In Charlotte last February, there were movers and shakers working the room. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA All-Star Weekend's toughest ticket? It's not Sunday's game. It's the tech summit.," 11 Feb. 2020 Gross began renting out the studio space to other artists and labels, meeting even more movers and shakers in the industry. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Spotlight: Musician-Turned-Entrepreneur Nick Gross Aims for Multi-Dimensional Media Empire With Gross Labs," 7 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of mover and shaker

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Mover and shaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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