Definition of mover and shaker in US English:

mover and shaker


  • A powerful person who initiates events and influences people.

    • ‘She's simply too busy meeting and greeting the movers and shakers of the business world.’
    • ‘So what is a man who once rubbed shoulders with the movers and shakers of the movie business doing living and working quietly in York?’
    • ‘An ex-colleague says: ‘He just wants to be seen as a mover and shaker among the US political elite.’’
    • ‘In this job, you meet a lot of the movers and shakers in Bradford's business community.’
    • ‘Under the watchful eyes of masters, movers and shakers, young leaders get a chance to learn and grow.’
    • ‘Rocky was our real community leader, a mover and shaker of powerful socialist principle, and he'd heard my interview with the man.’
    • ‘The movers and shakers behind the framework met business leaders on Thursday with a clear agenda to inform, update and reassure.’
    • ‘The guest list is full of movers and shakers from politics, business and entertainment.’
    • ‘Also, it's a good idea to be in touch with the local political and economic movers and shakers to see what the job needs are in your community.’
    • ‘The days stretched into nights for the film's key movers and shakers.’
    • ‘It's largely a class creation project, the promotion of a new class of wealthy and powerful Namibian movers and shakers.’
    • ‘For the most part, women are still being propagated in the media as either mothers or sex shows, while men are still the movers and shakers of world business and politics.’
    • ‘These people are usually the real movers and shakers and very rarely end up as president or prime minister, at least in democracies.’
    • ‘He is already mixing with Government movers and shakers.’
    • ‘It is not quite percolating through to the people who are the movers and the shakers, and the people who are able to, you know, change situations.’
    • ‘Inside the barricades movers and shakers of powerful countries and companies huddled to polish the promises of globalism.’
    • ‘We get some insights now from a mover and a shaker from the Clinton administration, former defense secretary William Cohen.’
    • ‘They are the main market movers and shakers.’
    • ‘A few years ago, in a sound move, headquarters shifted to Wellington to be closer to the political movers and shakers and to work with them as needed.’
    • ‘Britain has spawned some of the industry's most powerful behind-the-scenes movers and shakers.’
    chief, head, principal, boss
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mover and shaker

/ˌmo͞ovər ən ˈSHākər//ˌmuvər ən ˈʃeɪkər/