Definition of lobby in US 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lobby at the new entrance hosts social events and displays technological products.’
    • ‘For these reasons, split ductless systems are frequently found in educational and healthcare facilities, computer rooms, lobbies and building entryways.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lobby was right near the entrance to the building, so I assumed the common room would be similarly close.’
    • ‘He wrote music wherever and whenever he could, in waiting rooms and hotel lobbies, between sets and even at home on his piano.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They settle in cafes, restaurants and hotel lobbies, selecting those spaces that best support their current activity.’
    • ‘Paul is an accomplished artist whose unique work adorns many sitting rooms and hotel lobbies throughout the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An entrance lobby leads to the sitting room, which has polished timber floors and a charming cast iron fireplace.’
    • ‘The building's two lobbies are also on different levels.’
    • ‘A glazed tunnel set slightly off axis leads down through the treelined courtyard into the entrance lobby, one level below ground.’
    • ‘Access to this property is via an entrance lobby which leads to a wide and spacious reception area.’
    • ‘A timber staircase leads from the entrance lobby to the first floor and the remaining five bedrooms.’
    • ‘Another architectural consideration is segregating areas like mail rooms and entrance lobbies from the remainder of the building.’
    • ‘That and the daylighting serve to ameliorate the tight spaces of the upper lobby.’
    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’
    • ‘In addition the farming and pastoral lobbies had a strong influence on government policy making at both federal and state levels.’
    • ‘Large numbers of well-educated and articulate refugees fled abroad and formed influential lobbies supporting the militant struggle, particularly through the LTTE.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the reality is that the ID movement actively lobbies for such legislation all around the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘American lobby groups try to seek a legal way to attack that peg, which hurts their interests they say.’
    • ‘This constant reference to the foetus as a baby has become common coin for the anti-abortion lobby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Under pressure from the agrochemical lobby, the British government has dropped plans to tax agricultural pesticide use.’
    • ‘Tax expenditures are Congress's response to the pressure of lobbies and special-interest groups.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Big business lobbies step up pressure on Germany's grand coalition’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can expect many of the big-business lobbies to oppose this legislation.’
    pressure group, interest group, interest, movement, campaign, crusade, lobbyists, supporters
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    1. 2.1in singular An organized attempt by members of the public to influence politicians or public officials.
      ‘a recent lobby of Congress by retirees’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whenever possible we'll try and organise lobbies and demonstrations to support the councillor on the inside.’
      • ‘Several FBU regions backed a lobby of this week's pay talks.’
      • ‘Trades unionist Brian Anderson helped organise a major lobby of councillors as they entered the Guildhall for last week's showdown.’
      • ‘The union is organising a lobby of parliament for next Wednesday.’
      • ‘Glasgow Campaign to Defend Council Housing held a lobby of the Glasgow City Council meeting on Thursday of last week.’
      • ‘There was set to be a lobby of the national executive meeting.’
      • ‘Activists are planning a lobby of the High Court in central London when the dates of the trial are known.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But it is hoping that a lobby of councillors it is organising on Thursday will make such protests unnecessary.’
      • ‘The STOPP campaign is to hold a lobby of the Department of Education on March 1.’
      • ‘There was to be a lobby of this meeting at 12.30 pm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last week we organised a lobby of the Lib Dem council to save our school.’
      • ‘Strikers called another lobby of the Liberal Democrat controlled council this week.’
      • ‘The union is planning a lobby of the Welsh Assembly on Monday 21 October.’

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’
    • ‘After lobbying the employers' association we went to the rally at Congress House.’
    • ‘Rich farmers have lobbied the government to allow more migrant workers to come and work here for the season-and then be sent back.’
    • ‘Residents are still concerned about the plans and are lobbying Councilors to reject them.’
    • ‘The fledgling peat industry at the turn of the century lobbied the federal government for assistance.’
    • ‘Protesters lobbied councillors as they went into their meeting.’
    • ‘A few years ago Rod and I were being lobbied by a group of officials from a large corporation.’
    • ‘The campaign was built through lobbying the council, holding meetings and marches on the estate.’
    • ‘Thousands of parents formed action groups and lobbied their MPs in campaigning against the proposed changes.’
    • ‘The minister has lobbied the European Commission in support of a financial rescue package.’
    • ‘Private firms spend millions lobbying politicians to promote their interests.’
    • ‘Protesters recently lobbied the council demanding withdrawal of the cuts.’
    • ‘It has lobbied politicians and swayed public opinion on how animals should be treated.’
    • ‘Labour councillors have lobbied independent councillors to vote with them against the amendment.’
    • ‘The coalition urged demonstrators to lobby their senators and representatives to stop the war and the attack on civil liberties.’
    • ‘Now had also launched a campaign which was seeking to lobby senators both in their home states and in the Senate itself.’
    • ‘They also lobbied councillors and told them the increase in traffic would created a safety risk.’
    • ‘There have been hints from some Labour MPs in the media that indicate that they have been lobbied by the nuclear industry.’
    • ‘We've been to meetings in the Town Hall, we have lobbied councillors, we have called the police.’
    • ‘Opponents have lobbied their democratic representatives through the parliament.’
    • ‘Political leaders in the region are considering lobbying the Government to seek clarification.’
    seek to influence, try to persuade, bring pressure to bear on, importune, persuade, influence, sway
    campaign, crusade, press, push, drum up support, speak, clamour, ask, call, drive
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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.

Pronunciation

lobby

/ˈläbē//ˈlɑbi/