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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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He accused the opposition of being unhappy with the matter which prompted an outburst from Little who told Mr Key to "cut the crap." Mr Key only replied that it was going to be an "interesting" three years for him as prime minister.
Come on guys, let's cut the crap instead of the carbon.
O'Connell's colleagues, including Ogretta McNeil, either laugh out loud, roll their eyes or tell him in the most endearing terms possible to cut the crap.
Honesty: Cut the crap. Nothing rattles a woman more than a deceitful bloke with an excuse for everything.
And Labour figures must 'cut the crap' to win back their support as the General Election approaches, she warns.
Drug problem added to unit's dissolution even as it recorded "Combat Rock," a quintessential sound-of-band-breaking-up disc that nonetheless rocketed the Clash to new levels of global stadium-rock stardom via singles "Rock the Casbah" and "Should I Stay or Should I Go." Notable no mention is made of the last "Clash" disc, 1985's "Cut the Crap," which was pretty much a solo project by Joe Strummer, who passed away in December.
This is patronizing, touchy-feely nonsence to get the government off the hook, and it's time the minister cut the crap.
After the trial, one of the jurors said, "We wanted to send a message to the tobacco companies: We ain't going to take it no more." In other words: Cut the crap. Juries in many other kinds of cases have been only too willing to give sympathetic plaintiffs money from the deep pockets of big corporations.
"Can you cut the crap? I don't want everybody to eavesdrop," Duterte addressed the camera crew, leaving only a few seconds before the broadcast was cut.
@avonsflavour: "Selena made Justin cry" well he made her cry to." Justin made Selena happy" and she made him happy to so cut the crap bc they're equal."
Anand Mahindra: Steve, the only way I can commemorate you is by committing to cut the crap from my life and to dance to the tune of an inner voice.
Let's cut the crap. What publicans really want is you to pay more for drink so they can get more profit, it's as simple as that.