movers and shakers

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mover and shaker

n. pl. movers and shakers
One who wields power and influence in a sphere of activity: "the importance of hanging out with the movers and shakers of the art world" (Richard Colvin).

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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