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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Until recently, Dershowitz had been a regular on the porch of the Vineyard’s Chilmark General Store, a traditional gathering spot for movers and shakers — traditionally liberals in media and politics. Washington Post, "Americans playfully ponder pro-Trump scholar’s ‘shunning’," 6 July 2018 Jupiter has become the capital of the PGA Tour, and The Woods is where the movers and shakers meet. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Inside The Woods, Tiger's Star-Studded Restaurant in Jupiter," 12 June 2018 These bugs, like all insects, are the movers and shakers of the forest community. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Voracious spruce bark beetles are back in force in Southcentral Alaska," 10 June 2018 That’s right: a major mover and shaker in fashion lives on Long Island. Max Berlinger, GQ, "Why Everyone Is Dressing Like They Shop at the Army Surplus Store," 18 May 2018 From that booth, Mike Slive could survey all the Birmingham movers and shakers who came in for a cup of coffee and some of Wayne Salem’s fluffy biscuits. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Mike Slive’s SEC Accomplishments Were Only Part of a Life Filled With Victories," 16 May 2018 Trump's surprise election left many movers and shakers scrambling for access to the new President. CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 12 May 2018 The 7,005-square-foot home sits on Chester Square, a magnet for movers and shakers. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Inside the London Home of Mary Poppins," 23 May 2018 And yet for the business crowd, the movers and shakers who finance, negotiate, and otherwise operate the entertainment industry, the mood could not be worse. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Maybe They Should Give an Oscar for Disrupting Hollywood," 2 Mar. 2018

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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