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lobby

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɒbi
 
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Definition of lobby in English:

noun (plural lobbies)

1A room providing a space out of which one or more other rooms or corridors lead, typically one near the entrance of a public building: they went into the hotel lobby
More example sentences
  • Clad in bright green glass tiles, the entrance lobby leads to a restful white panelled ante room.
  • A glazed tunnel set slightly off axis leads down through the treelined courtyard into the entrance lobby, one level below ground.
  • The third strategy (mixed mode) combines natural and artificial ventilation in transition spaces such as lobbies, foyers and the courtyard.
Synonyms
2(In the UK) any of several large halls in the Houses of Parliament in which MPs may meet members of the public.
Example sentences
  • The meeting also decided to ban smoking in the Central Hall and lobbies of Parliament in the light of a Supreme Court order against smoking at all public places in the country.
  • In the years I knew him in the lobbies of the parliament, he was not only one of the most agreeable and charming MPs I had to deal with but one of the few people who really seemed to know what was going on.
  • Just before the dinner break when we took the vote on the Relationships Bill, inadvertently a vote was cast for one member on our side of the House in both lobbies.
2.1 (also division lobby) (In the UK) each of two corridors in the Houses of Parliament to which MPs retire to vote.
Example sentences
  • They were at their brutish best - standing on every possible route into the division lobby as MPs voted on controversial foundation hospitals.
  • The last time a Government substantially cut the top income tax rate and the company tax rate was when that member and I passed in the division lobby to vote for them in 1988.
  • Since 1997, Labour backbenchers have docilely suffered themselves to be herded through the division lobby with about as much consideration for their feelings as crated veal calves.
2.2 (the lobby) informal (In the UK) lobby correspondents collectively.
3A group of people seeking to influence legislators on a particular issue: members of the anti-abortion lobby
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  • It would be easy to imagine that the reason why the question of pain and late abortion have become connected is because the anti-abortion lobby have exploited the issue.
  • This makes it a perfect issue for the anti-abortion lobby to take up.
  • He also boasted of being sought by numerous other lobbies, including the Hollywood trade group MPAA and several telecommunications firms.
Synonyms
pressure group, interest group, interest, movement, campaign, crusade, lobbyists, supporters;
faction, camp, bloc, clique;
British ginger group
3.1 [in singular] An organized attempt by members of the public to influence legislators: a recent lobby of Parliament by pensioners
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  • The union plans to organise a lobby of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth this September over manufacturing job losses.
  • Last week we organised a lobby of the Lib Dem council to save our school.
  • Our next step was to organise a lobby of the next meeting of the Housing Committee.

verb (lobbies, lobbying, lobbied)

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Seek to influence (a legislator) on an issue: they insist on their right to lobby Congress [no object]: the organization was formed to lobby for student concerns
More example sentences
  • Protesters lobbied councillors as they went into their meeting.
  • Private firms spend millions lobbying politicians to promote their interests.
  • They also lobbied councillors and told them the increase in traffic would created a safety risk.
Synonyms
seek to influence, try to persuade, bring pressure to bear on, importune, persuade, influence, sway;
petition, solicit, appeal to, call on, urge, press, pressure, pressurize, push
campaign, crusade, press, push, drum up support, speak, clamour, ask, call, drive;
promote, advocate, recommend, speak/plead/argue in favour of, champion, urge, insist on, demand

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'monastic cloister'): from medieval Latin lobia, lobium 'covered walk, portico'. The verb sense (originally US) derives from the practice of frequenting the lobby of a house of legislature to influence its members into supporting a cause.

Derivatives

lobbyist

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noun
Example sentences
  • I love the fact that politicians, power brokers, presidents, campaigners and lobbyists now have to wait.
  • But there was little memory of that when Gaelic lobbyists looked for support in 2000.
  • Until 1994, a lobbyist needed the support of an MEP in order to obtain a pass giving access to the Parliament's premises.

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