mover and shaker

noun
plural movers and shakers

Definition of mover and shaker

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

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Houston is sending its entrepreneurial movers and shakers to SXSW to promote the city's startup community and build relationships that could help lure those lucrative venture capitalists. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Houston to showcase its entrepreneurial spirit at SXSW," 8 Mar. 2018 In 2010, when holding a similar job at Starbucks, Fortune selected Gillett for its 40 under 40 list of young movers and shakers, partly for helping bring free Wi-Fi to Starbuck’s cafes. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Alphabet's Latest Moonshot Graduate Is Tackling Cybersecurity," 24 Jan. 2018 For San Francisco mover and shaker Donna Fellows, Bay Area dream team of architect Barbara Chambers of Chambers+Chambers and interior designer Molie Malone were charged with an inspiring commission. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "Inside the Newly Renovated Home of a San Francisco Sophisticate," 19 Nov. 2018 Four years later, Osho opened in Hollywood and became popular with celebrities and other movers and shakers. Fox News, "The best sushi restaurants in America," 23 Oct. 2015 But given that many movers and shakers in the industry like Ubisoft believe services like Xcloud will eventually be essential rather than additive, there are concerns about saving games for posterity. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Microsoft announces Project Xcloud—Xbox game streaming for myriad devices," 8 Oct. 2018 The movers and shakers in the joint committee guiding production are focused on issues other than the optics of rising American pump prices before midterm elections. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Why the Lid Is Off of Oil Prices For Now," 24 Sep. 2018 There were a couple of big-time gatherings over the weekend that drew many of the city’s movers and shakers and raised significant money to help local disadvantaged children. BostonGlobe.com, "Big names hit up galas for RFK Children’s Action Corps, Camp Harbor View," 3 June 2018 While many of the world’s top movers and shakers were radiating optimism at Davos just a few weeks ago — back when the markets were busy breaking records on the back of U.S. tax cuts — things went south on Friday last week. David Meyer, Fortune, "A Week of Investor Whiplash: What's Behind the Stock Market's Volatility," 9 Feb. 2018

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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