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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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 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

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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