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Definition of Lobby

Lobby

  1. A passage or hall of communication, especially when large enough to serve also as a waiting room. It differs from an antechamber in that a lobby communicates between several rooms, an antechamber to one only; but this distinction is not carefully preserved.
  2. That part of a hall of legislation not appropriated to the official use of the assembly; hence, the persons, collectively, who frequent such a place to transact business with the legislators; any persons, not members of a legislative body, who strive to influence its proceedings by personal agency.
  3. An apartment or passageway in the fore part of an old-fashioned cabin under the quarter-deck.
  4. A confined place for cattle, formed by hedges. trees, or other fencing, near the farmyard.
  5. To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes.
  6. To urge the adoption or passage of by soliciting members of a legislative body; as, to lobby a bill.

Lobby Quotations

The Israeli lobby has clout in the U.S., which means that re-arranging the region and controlling its resources one way or another, will serve Israel through its control over the American administration.
Bashar al-Assad

The corporations don't have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government.
Jim Hightower

The corporate lobby in Washington is basically designed to stifle all legislative activity on behalf of consumers.
Ralph Nader

We need to accept the seemingly obvious fact that a toxic environment can make people sick and that no amount of medical intervention can protect us. The health care community must become a powerful political lobby for environmental policy and legislation.
Andrew Weil

If you're a writer, you know that the stories don't come to you - you have to go looking for them. The old men in the lobby: that's where the stories were.
Tom Waits
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Lobby Translations

lobby in German is Interessengruppe
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