- movers and shakers, Informal. powerful and influential people, as in politics and business.
Origin of mover
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Examples from the Web for mover
The minute you stop playing that game the first mover advantage goes away.Shutdown Crisis: We Need a Hostage Negotiator
October 6, 2013
Kristol was viewed as a mover and shaker whose ideas had ready impact on the political firmament in Washington.Kristol Gets the Pink Slip
January 26, 2009
That is particularly the case when he is dealing with the soul and the first mover.The Legacy of Greece
In turn the latter takes the idea of a first mover from physics.
For the argument from motion does not give us a creator but a first mover.
This mover is either outside the sphere it moves or within it.
Well, goodness knows our Junior League needs a mover of some sort.Prudence Says So
- informal a person, business, idea, etc, that is advancing or progressing
- a person who moves a proposal, as in a debate
- US and 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with mover
In addition to the idiom beginning with mover
- mover and shaker
- prime mover
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