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[moo-ver] /ˈmu vər/
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.
Origin of mover
1350-1400; Middle English mevere. See move, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mover
  • 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.
  • The need for a new kind of high-speed people mover seems obvious enough in theory.
  • When companies pursue joint ventures, one is often the prime mover.
  • Nicks stepped up as a chain-mover, converting seven first downs and consistently getting free on broken plays.
  • Hopefully, the new people mover will remedy the situation.
  • The correct image is that of a late middle-aged furniture mover.
  • If furniture is damaged during the move, the mover's insurance should cover it.
British Dictionary definitions for mover


(informal) a person, business, idea, etc, that is advancing or progressing
a person who moves a proposal, as in a debate
(US & Canadian) a removal firm or a person who works for one
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Word Origin and History for mover

late 14c., agent noun from move (v.). Originally of God. Meaning "one who moves goods as a profession" is from 1838.

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Idioms and Phrases with mover


In addition to the idiom beginning with mover also see: prime mover
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