Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

driving force

driving force
1) influential person or aspect, means by which something happens
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    • driving force behind idea/industry/company
  • Analysis
    This expression takes its meaning from the ability of an engine to provide the necessary force to move a vehicle.  'A driving force' is someone or something that has the power, energy, or impetus to make things happen, or somebody with the ability to motivate or influence others to get things done. It is almost always used in a positive sense, and often used in a professional context. 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Everyone in the group had faith in their leader to deliver on his promises, as he was the driving force behind their ideas.
    2. The committee was a major driving force behind implementing safety measures and traffic calming on the local roads.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. When the billionaire tech giant died, everyone recognised that he had been a driving force in the industry.
    2. Tina has been a positive driving force in the team. Her knowledge and enthusiasm have helped us reach a number of challenging deadlines.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. If you look closely at the data, you'll see that the electromagnetic charge is the driving force behind the mechanism.
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