- an entrance hall, corridor, or vestibule, as in a public building, often serving as an anteroom; foyer.
- a large public room or hall adjacent to a legislative chamber.
- a group of persons who work or conduct a campaign to influence members of a legislature to vote according to the group's special interest.
- to solicit or try to influence the votes of members of a legislative body.
- to try to influence the actions of (public officials, especially legislators).
- to urge or procure the passage of (a bill), by lobbying.
Origin of lobby
Related Words for lobbyingurge, request, push, persuade, solicit, press, promote, sway, politick, pitch, influence, affect, billboard, further, sell, splash, thump, boost, alter, spot
Examples from the Web for lobbying
Contemporary Examples of lobbying
Lemkin died penniless at a bus stop in 1959, on his way to another day lobbying at the United Nations.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
E.g., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $136.3 million lobbying in 2012 and $74.7 million in 2013.
I opined about lobbying – smart clients hiring smart guys who use smart tactics to get smart with the government.
How many of these problems,” I ask, “are unintended consequences of lobbying reform laws?
Despite several years of lobbying, so far, the MPVR has been unsuccessful in its attempt to pass a measure.Mississippi: Last In Everything, First In Vaccinations
October 17, 2014
Historical Examples of lobbying
That you'll never get the bill passed, this session or next, by lobbying.Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete
Unfortunately, however, all lobbying is not of this innocent character.
This year the election of a president was likely to be accompanied by some lobbying.Betty Lee, Senior
Harriet Pyne Grove
There was no lobbying, and, in fact, it was not necessary for me to go to Albany at all.The Unpopular Review Vol. I
The Southern city sent its lobbying delegation to the Capitol.Port O' Gold
Louis John Stellman
- a room or corridor used as an entrance hall, vestibule, etc
- mainly British a hall in a legislative building used for meetings between the legislators and members of the public
- Also called: division lobby mainly British one of two corridors in a legislative building in which members vote
- a group of persons who attempt to influence legislators on behalf of a particular interest
- to attempt to influence (legislators, etc) in the formulation of policy
- (intr) to act in the manner of a lobbyist
- (tr) to apply pressure or influence for the passage of (a bill, etc)
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.