mover and shaker

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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Still, whispers about a possible sale persist and an unofficial list of possible local buyers surfaced in media reports — a fairly predictable who’s who of the movers and shakers in the Baltimore business community. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Despite speculation, Orioles not on the market to be moved or sold," 15 Aug. 2019 Dickerson was the big mover and shaker behind the Giants’ rush toward .500. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Alex Dickerson to miss more time with oblique strain; Duggar injures shoulder," 7 Aug. 2019 As the movers and shakers descend upon Los Angeles for Pac-12 Media Day on Wednesday, the whole pillow-fights narrative isn’t just getting a makeover for 2019. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Will the Broncos’ record improve in 2019? SI’s Conor Orr says no, it’ll be worse.," 22 July 2019 Other movers and shakers: Central Falls Superintendent Victor Capellan is leaving his job to become a top aide to Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. Dan Mcgowan,, "Can R.I. hit an ambitious education goal by 2025? Inside Providence’s budget battle," 3 July 2019 Just sub out Barack and Michelle Obama, Jeff Bezos, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner for the movers and shakers of that era. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "What does San Angelo have that Dallas doesn’t? Here’s how the West Texas town ended up on the global stage," 25 June 2019 Profiles in New York magazine and Vanity Fair followed, establishing Epstein’s reputation as an exorbitantly wealthy playboy and a stealthy Wall Street mover and shaker. Washington Post, "Financier in sex case went from math whiz to titan," 9 July 2019 Having briefly been the main movers and shakers in New York real estate, Chinese developers have fallen behind the Canadians, the Germans and the Dutch. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Chinese buyers are pulling out of New York real estate in droves," 25 June 2019 But instead of grandmothers, the lively room is packed with Mumbai movers and shakers — entertainment industry execs, media moguls and models among them. Sarah Khan, New York Times, "A Mumbai Restaurant Celebrating the Flavors of Goa," 19 May 2018

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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