(to be) movers and shakers

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - movers and shakers

"(to be) movers and shakers"

people who are powerful or have a lot of influence;

people who get things done; organizers and managers


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - movers and shakers

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I've got this great new idea that will save the company millions of dollars a year.

Colleague 2:  You need to take it to Alice and Rajesh.  They are the most powerful and influential managers in the company.  If anyone could move your idea forward, it would be those two.

Colleague 1:  Then, they're the movers and shakers around here?

Colleague 2:  Yes.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - movers and shakers

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Do you think that the industrialized nations will ever do anything about global warming?

Friend 2:  Not until the movers and shakers decide that it is important.

Friend 1:  So, if these folks get involved, things will get done to reduce the impact of global warming?

Friend 2:  Absolutely.

(to be) movers and shakers - Usage:


(to be) movers and shakers - Gerund Form:

Being movers and shakers, they get the job done every time.

(to be) movers and shakers - Examples:

1)  After all, sitting in a dining room full of other thriving movers and shakers just may help you seal the deal.

2)  ... convincingly portrays women as important movers and shakers in both Jeffersonian and Jacksonian society.

3)  ... is the hard working taxpayers who bailed out the mess created by the movers and shakers of your revered free market.

4)  Chicago mayor Ed Kelly, key labor leaders, and other party movers and shakers viewed Wallace as a liability for his leftist leanings.

5)  ... he's been to Harvard Business School, dined with movers and shakers and major philanthropists, and has a good practical head for business.

6)  Yet no other recent film has caught the disconnect between America's movers and shakers and the poor slobs they're moving and shaking this superbly.

7)  ... as well as an impressive array of big monied movers and shakers who've donated generously to the arts in Santa Barbara over the years.

8)  As a matter of fact, very few movers and shakers seem to care what faculty think about these subjects at all.

9)  ... they can be a bit arrogant, and impatient with teamwork. Movers and shakers tend to cluster in risk and corporate strategy, in the private equity and media ...

10)  The rich, powerful, and successful men, the movers and shakers, supposedly the ones that the culture is all set up to favor ...

11)  That's what separates dinosaurs from the movers and shakers in the industry. Perhaps, it has something to do with the generation gap.

12)  ... community some of the world's most dynamic, influential and inspiring movers and shakers. Previous guests have been world-renowned academicians, architects, designers, writers, ...

13)  ... blend of art, science, and engineering, introducing us to the movers and shakers of the 1950s and the open-source movement of today.

14)  A show that reports on the movers and shakers behind getting legislation passed.

15)  Planetary Resources, a company backed by a group of high-tech movers and shakers, this year announced plans to mine asteroids for precious metals to send back to ...

16)  ... control over every aspect of the economy and then act surprised when the movers and shakers within the economy end up running the government!

17)  ... made sure to shine a light on some of Nepal's most influential movers and shakers, including the editor of the BBC Nepali Service, an award-winning surgeon opening up ... 

18)  ... the apex of their power and influence, the Medici were the prime movers and shakers of the age. 

19)  Artists truly are the movers and shakers of the world. The ages demonstrate that artists have been at the forefront of ...

20)  They are the movers and shakers that put the evil debt based money system in to place. Fractional reserves banking ...