Definition of pressure group in English:

pressure group


  • A group that tries to influence public policy in the interest of a particular cause.

    ‘an environmental pressure group’
    • ‘The council decided to write to the governors of the school and will later consider forming a pressure group to push to get the pool open.’
    • ‘If successful in this area, a pressure group might end up helping to shape future government initiatives.’
    • ‘Some people want it only to be a pressure group that will redirect the ANC back to its ‘true path’.’
    • ‘When a political party becomes a pressure group it loses its credibility.’
    • ‘We will continue to be a pressure group, a permanent opposition.’
    • ‘We do believe in behaving like a government and not simply like a pressure group.’
    • ‘I think that they found it very difficult to go from a pressure group to a political party.’
    • ‘In accepting the position last June, he took on the leadership of a venerable pressure group with 57,000 members.’
    • ‘That's the difference between being a pressure group and a valid political party.’
    • ‘Instead he founded the Union of Democratic Control, a pressure group which advocated a negotiated peace and a League of Nations.’
    • ‘Now, a new pressure group of business and political leaders from throughout the north west has been set up to lobby for extra funds.’
    • ‘What stops a pressure group from generating multiple suits?’
    • ‘They will continue to remain as a pressure group from the outside and keep their autonomy and independence.’
    • ‘Fourth, a pressure group may speed up legislation by writing bills and helping legislators make progressive agreements.’
    • ‘The deadline for objections was August 19 and the pressure group continued to gather support until that date.’
    • ‘It will be little more than a pressure group on the existing major parties.’
    • ‘A different option is to become earnest and join a political party or a pressure group.’
    • ‘Greenpeace insist that they are an environmental pressure group.’
    • ‘Well I certainly respect their impartiality; I don't see a council as a pressure group.’
    • ‘Even the pressure group who have lobbied so hard against the plan now seem to accept that time and options have run out.’
    clique, coterie, caucus, cabal, bloc, camp, group, grouping, side, sector, section, wing, arm, branch, division, contingent, set, ring, lobby
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