Definition of lobby in English:

lobby

noun

  • 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.

    • ‘He wrote music wherever and whenever he could, in waiting rooms and hotel lobbies, between sets and even at home on his piano.’
    • ‘In public spaces such as lobbies and corridors, good lighting design will create a visual hierarchy by highlighting objects and surfaces to identify what things are important and help visitors find their way.’
    • ‘That and the daylighting serve to ameliorate the tight spaces of the upper lobby.’
    • ‘The main hallway leads to a lobby and, through another massive arch, into what would have been the living quarters of the original tower house, now the library.’
    • ‘Another architectural consideration is segregating areas like mail rooms and entrance lobbies from the remainder of the building.’
    • ‘The lobby was right near the entrance to the building, so I assumed the common room would be similarly close.’
    • ‘The lobby at the new entrance hosts social events and displays technological products.’
    • ‘The building's two lobbies are also on different levels.’
    • ‘An entrance lobby leads to the sitting room, which has polished timber floors and a charming cast iron fireplace.’
    • ‘A glazed tunnel set slightly off axis leads down through the treelined courtyard into the entrance lobby, one level below ground.’
    • ‘For these reasons, split ductless systems are frequently found in educational and healthcare facilities, computer rooms, lobbies and building entryways.’
    • ‘They settle in cafes, restaurants and hotel lobbies, selecting those spaces that best support their current activity.’
    • ‘A timber staircase leads from the entrance lobby to the first floor and the remaining five bedrooms.’
    • ‘Clad in bright green glass tiles, the entrance lobby leads to a restful white panelled ante room.’
    • ‘The third strategy (mixed mode) combines natural and artificial ventilation in transition spaces such as lobbies, foyers and the courtyard.’
    • ‘Access to this property is via an entrance lobby which leads to a wide and spacious reception area.’
    • ‘That will free up networks from their computer base and allow connections into conference rooms, lobbies and other public spaces where computer access may net exist.’
    • ‘Paul is an accomplished artist whose unique work adorns many sitting rooms and hotel lobbies throughout the country.’
    • ‘As the emergency services start to go about their grisly tasks, it is left to stray reporters to phone in reports from the roofs of buildings, from hotel lobbies and pavements.’
    • ‘With the radical image makeover, the humble earthenware has emerged out of the kitchen to occupy pride of place as decorative articles in drawing rooms, hotel lobbies, airport lounges and showrooms.’
    entrance hall, hallway, hall, entrance, vestibule, foyer, reception area, outer room, waiting room, anteroom, antechamber, porch
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  • 2A group of people seeking to influence politicians or public officials on a particular issue.

    ‘members of the anti-abortion lobby’
    [as modifier] ‘lobby groups’
    • ‘You can expect many of the big-business lobbies to oppose this legislation.’
    • ‘Under pressure from the agrochemical lobby, the British government has dropped plans to tax agricultural pesticide use.’
    • ‘But the reality is that the ID movement actively lobbies for such legislation all around the country.’
    • ‘Tax expenditures are Congress's response to the pressure of lobbies and special-interest groups.’
    • ‘Big business lobbies step up pressure on Germany's grand coalition’
    • ‘When she comes to see me, I will advise her that partisan politics in a lobby group such as Federated Farmers is not a very good idea.’
    • ‘For decades, trucking company lobbies defended complex federal regulations that set hauling prices and routes and limited competition.’
    • ‘Into this mix you need to factor in the inordinate political influence of farm lobbies in many industrial countries, for example France, the US, Japan and arguably Australia.’
    • ‘The result of such legislation, the insurance lobby declared, would be increased costs that would be passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums.’
    • ‘It's always been thus as the various vested interests, lobby groups and politicians seek to have their view of the world represented in the budget for the coming year.’
    • ‘In addition the farming and pastoral lobbies had a strong influence on government policy making at both federal and state levels.’
    • ‘This constant reference to the foetus as a baby has become common coin for the anti-abortion lobby.’
    • ‘In any case, those pushing it thought that the OECD, dominated by First World governments and corporate lobbies, was perhaps a more suitable venue for these matters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Large numbers of well-educated and articulate refugees fled abroad and formed influential lobbies supporting the militant struggle, particularly through the LTTE.’
    • ‘He also boasted of being sought by numerous other lobbies, including the Hollywood trade group MPAA and several telecommunications firms.’
    • ‘American lobby groups try to seek a legal way to attack that peg, which hurts their interests they say.’
    • ‘The form that these standards take - and the increasing talk of using trade sanctions to impose them - is close to what protectionist lobbies in industrial nations seek.’
    • ‘I was happy to give them time - probably more time than I have given other lobby groups on other issues - but I feel a bit betrayed.’
    • ‘This makes it a perfect issue for the anti-abortion lobby to take up.’
    pressure group, interest group, interest, movement, campaign, crusade, lobbyists, supporters
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    1. 2.1[in singular]An organized attempt by members of the public to influence politicians or public officials.
      ‘a recent lobby of Congress by retirees’
      • ‘The union is planning a lobby of the Welsh Assembly on Monday 21 October.’
      • ‘A lobby of the governors' meeting is planned on Tuesday 20 May at 6pm and other local schools are being asked to build for it.’
      • ‘All the speakers called for the biggest possible turnout for the lobby of the Scottish Labour Party conference in Dundee on 4 March.’
      • ‘There was a rally organised by the NPC pensioners' convention and a lobby of MPs.’
      • ‘Trades unionist Brian Anderson helped organise a major lobby of councillors as they entered the Guildhall for last week's showdown.’
      • ‘The meeting is being organised by the York Trades Union Council, which is also staging a lobby of councillors the following Thursday evening at the Guildhall before a full council meeting.’
      • ‘The union is organising a lobby of parliament for next Wednesday.’
      • ‘But it is hoping that a lobby of councillors it is organising on Thursday will make such protests unnecessary.’
      • ‘There was set to be a lobby of the national executive meeting.’
      • ‘Strikers called another lobby of the Liberal Democrat controlled council this week.’
      • ‘The union plans to organise a lobby of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth this September over manufacturing job losses.’
      • ‘Our next step was to organise a lobby of the next meeting of the Housing Committee.’
      • ‘The STOPP campaign is to hold a lobby of the Department of Education on March 1.’
      • ‘Activists are planning a lobby of the High Court in central London when the dates of the trial are known.’
      • ‘Glasgow Campaign to Defend Council Housing held a lobby of the Glasgow City Council meeting on Thursday of last week.’
      • ‘A lobby of the meeting was due to take place to show the strength of support for the sacked librarians and to urge the university to reinstate them.’
      • ‘Several FBU regions backed a lobby of this week's pay talks.’
      • ‘Whenever possible we'll try and organise lobbies and demonstrations to support the councillor on the inside.’
      • ‘There was to be a lobby of this meeting at 12.30 pm.’
      • ‘Last week we organised a lobby of the Lib Dem council to save our school.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Seek to influence (a politician or public official) on an issue.

    ‘it is recommending that booksellers lobby their representatives’
    [no object] ‘a group lobbying for better rail services’
    • ‘Protesters recently lobbied the council demanding withdrawal of the cuts.’
    • ‘Now had also launched a campaign which was seeking to lobby senators both in their home states and in the Senate itself.’
    • ‘The coalition urged demonstrators to lobby their senators and representatives to stop the war and the attack on civil liberties.’
    • ‘After lobbying the employers' association we went to the rally at Congress House.’
    • ‘The minister has lobbied the European Commission in support of a financial rescue package.’
    • ‘It has lobbied politicians and swayed public opinion on how animals should be treated.’
    • ‘They also lobbied councillors and told them the increase in traffic would created a safety risk.’
    • ‘Private firms spend millions lobbying politicians to promote their interests.’
    • ‘A few years ago Rod and I were being lobbied by a group of officials from a large corporation.’
    • ‘The fledgling peat industry at the turn of the century lobbied the federal government for assistance.’
    • ‘Labour councillors have lobbied independent councillors to vote with them against the amendment.’
    • ‘Rich farmers have lobbied the government to allow more migrant workers to come and work here for the season-and then be sent back.’
    • ‘There have been hints from some Labour MPs in the media that indicate that they have been lobbied by the nuclear industry.’
    • ‘Thousands of parents formed action groups and lobbied their MPs in campaigning against the proposed changes.’
    • ‘Protesters lobbied councillors as they went into their meeting.’
    • ‘Opponents have lobbied their democratic representatives through the parliament.’
    • ‘Residents are still concerned about the plans and are lobbying Councilors to reject them.’
    • ‘The campaign was built through lobbying the council, holding meetings and marches on the estate.’
    • ‘Political leaders in the region are considering lobbying the Government to seek clarification.’
    • ‘We've been to meetings in the Town Hall, we have lobbied councillors, we have called the police.’
    campaign, crusade, press, push, drum up support, speak, clamour, ask, call, drive
    seek to influence, try to persuade, bring pressure to bear on, importune, persuade, influence, sway
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

lobby

/ˈläbē/