[ moo-ver ]
/ ˈmu vər /
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movers and shakers, Informal. powerful and influential people, as in politics and business.
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British Dictionary definitions for movers and shakers (1 of 2)
movers and shakers
informal the people with power and influence in a particular field of activity
Word Origin for movers and shakers
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
British Dictionary definitions for movers and shakers (2 of 2)
/ (ˈmuːvə) /
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 movers and shakers
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 movers and shakers
In addition to the idiom beginning with mover
- mover and shaker
- prime mover
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