noun, plural lob·bies.
verb (used without object), lob·bied, lob·by·ing.
verb (used with object), lob·bied, lob·by·ing.
- lobar pneumonia,
- lobe-finned fish
Origin of lobby
Examples from the Web for lobbied
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
noun plural -bies
verb -bies, -bying or -bied
Word Origin for lobby
1530s, "cloister, covered walk," from Medieval Latin laubia, lobia "covered walk in a monastery," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German louba "hall, roof;" see lodge (n.)). Meaning "large entrance hall in a public building" is from 1590s. Political sense of "those who seek to influence legislation" is attested by 1790s in American English, in reference to the custom of influence-seekers gathering in large entrance-halls outside legislative chambers.
"seek to influence legislation," 1826, American English, from lobby (n.). Related: Lobbied; lobbying.
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.