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 lobbying
Lemkin died penniless at a bus stop in 1959, on his way to another day lobbying at the United Nations.
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|Brandy Zadrozny|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The history of the illiteracy test in Congress is a curious comment on lobbying.Races and Immigrants in America|John R. Commons
The Southern city sent its lobbying delegation to the Capitol.Port O' Gold|Louis John Stellman
I have spent ten thousand dollars in lobbying that measure through, and charged it all to improvements on the Bulletin.The Making of Bobby Burnit|George Randolph Chester
Both reiterated views which during two days of lobbying they had disseminated in Columbia "on all proper occasions."The Day of the Confederacy|Nathaniel W. Stephenson
A Senate Committee was appointed to find out if there had been any lobbying, and discovered that there had.Woodrow Wilson's Administration and Achievements|Frank B. Lord and James William Bryan
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.