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 lobby
There was an air of excitement and anticipation in the lobby as showtime approached.I Was Honeydicked Into Spending Christmas with ‘The Interview’|Allison McNearney|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Conservative hit man turned liberal media critic David Brock, spotted smoking an e-cigarette in the lobby.
I will now confess that I spent some time in the lobby of the Willard Hotel myself.
Last week, I sat down with Kristen Stewart in the lobby lounge of the Greenwich Hotel in downtown New York.The Right-Wing Crusade Against KStew: How Fear Factories Like Breitbart and Fox Distort News|Marlow Stern|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those agency heads were rarely encouraged to take their own initiative or lobby for priorities.Obama’s Ex-CIA Chief Slams White House for ‘Hesitation and Half Steps’|Josh Rogin|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is there a notice posted in the lobby indicating the office hours and the times at which mails are closed and received?
The lobby of which the surgeon had spoken was close to her own apartment.John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III|Mary E. Braddon
Betty sat nearest the door and from her seat she could see a section of the lobby and one of the elevators.Betty Gordon in Washington|Alice B. Emerson
We were interrupted by a division bell, and I gave him an arm to the lobby.Sonia Married|Stephen McKenna
I was in the bar of the hotel, and he was sitting in the lobby.The Winning Clue|James Hay, Jr.
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.