One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who gets things done.
magnate, tycoon, vip, notable, notability, personage, baron, captain, king, lord, grandee, mandarin, nabobView synonyms
- ‘Now, all sorts of entities and non-entities can reveal to mass audiences the agendas of these media machers.’
- ‘The company was and is run by moguls, people who want to make deals and who aspire to be machers.’
- ‘Almost six months ago, foreign-policy macher Perle vowed to sue him for writing an unflattering feature about him in The New Yorker.’
- ‘But media machers would have a far stronger case for complaint about the role Hollywood plays in our politics if the very same media outlets weren't begging for each star's latest pronouncement.’
- ‘The real macher in the conflagration over forest fires is Mark Rey, the Agriculture Department undersecretary.’
- 1.1derogatory An overbearing person.
celebrity, famous person, very important person, personality, name, big name, famous name, household name, star, superstar, celebutante, leading light, mogul, giant, great, master, king, guruView synonyms
- ‘After Star Wars, Hollywood's machers more or less cut off the capital spigot to truly visionary filmmakers, opting instead to turn out schlockbuster after schlockbuster.’
- ‘Nothing, it seems, can stop a striving little macher like Ratner from running.’
1930s: from Yiddish makher, from Middle High German Macher ‘doer, active person’.
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