movers and shakers

mover

[moo-ver]
noun
1.
a person or thing that moves.
2.
Often, movers. a person or company whose business is the moving of household effects or office equipment from one location to another.
3.
a powerful and influential person, as in politics or business.
4.
a person who is energetic and ambitious; go-getter.
Idioms
5.
movers and shakers, Informal. powerful and influential people, as in politics and business.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English mevere. See move, -er1

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mover (ˈmuːvə)
 
n
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

movers and shakers
 
pl n
informal the people with power and influence in a particular field of activity
 
[C20: perhaps from the line ``We are the movers and shakers of the world for ever'' in `Ode' by Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1844--81), British poet]

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