noun, plural lob·bies.
verb (used without object), lob·bied, lob·by·ing.
verb (used with object), lob·bied, lob·by·ing.
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Origin of lobby
OTHER WORDS FROM lobbylob·by·er, nounun·lob·bied, adjectiveun·lob·by·ing, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for lobby
It has lobbied hard to get companies to stop using them, and to urge restaurant chains not to buy pork from farms that do.
Pitt had already gotten booked for Se7en, lobbied hard to get the part in 12 Monkeys, the director Terry Gilliam has said.
The U.S. State Department has lobbied unsuccessfully for his release.
He lobbied to keep the Free German Youth open to many different kinds of young people, but to no avail.
Her group has lobbied for some $2.8 billion in federal funds for the research program since its start in 1992.
Its bonding privilege was one of the most disgraceful bits of jobbery ever lobbied through a corrupt little legislature.Desert Conquest|A. M. Chisholm
You know mighty well the man that got it up an' come there an' lobbied for it, was one o' your own kind—a silk stocking.Pray You, Sir, Whose Daughter?|Helen H. Gardener
British Dictionary definitions for lobby
noun plural -bies
verb -bies, -bying or -bied
Derived forms of lobbylobbyer, noun
Word Origin for lobby
Cultural definitions for lobby
A group whose members share certain goals and work to bring about the passage, modification, or defeat of laws that affect these goals. Lobbies (also called interest groups or pressure groups) can be long-standing (such as minority groups struggling to have their civil rights guaranteed) or ad hoc (such as a community threatened by proposed construction of a nuclear power plant). Lobbies may use grassroots methods, such as local rallies and campaigns, to build support for their cause and often employ professional lobbyists, who testify before congressional committees and approach policymakers in all government branches. Powerful lobbies, such as the AFL-CIO and the American Legion, with millions of members, have succeeded in establishing influence in Washington, D.C.