a person or thing that moves.
Often, movers. a person or company whose business is the moving of household effects or office equipment from one location to another.
a powerful and influential person, as in politics or business.
a person who is energetic and ambitious; go-getter.
movers and shakers, Informal. powerful and influential people, as in politics and business.

1350–1400; Middle English mevere. See move, -er1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
mover (ˈmuːvə)
1.  informal a person, business, idea, etc, that is advancing or progressing
2.  a person who moves a proposal, as in a debate
3.  (US), (Canadian) a removal firm or a person who works for one

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., agent noun from move. Meaning "one who moves goods as a profession" is from 1838.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with mover, also see prime mover.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Political correctness may have been a mover behind this process as well.
Until a motion is stated by the chairman, the mover may withdraw or modify it
  without asking consent of any one.
On-line buying cooperatives will make you a mover and shaker.
Renewable power grown in step with added railway prime mover consumption.
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