A powerful person who initiates events and influences people: a newspaper profile portrayed the man as a mover and shaker on Wall Street
[from movers and shakers, a phrase from O'Shaughnessy's Music & Moonlight (1874)]
More example sentences
- Rocky was our real community leader, a mover and shaker of powerful socialist principle, and he'd heard my interview with the man.
- It's largely a class creation project, the promotion of a new class of wealthy and powerful Namibian movers and shakers.
- The guest list is full of movers and shakers from politics, business and entertainment.
Definition of mover and shaker in:
- The US English dictionary