Definition of pressure group in English:

pressure group

noun

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

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

pressure group