lobby lobby  /ˈlɑ bi/


  1. (n) a large entrance or reception room or area
  2. (n) the people who support some common cause or business or principle or sectional interest
  3. (n) a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
  4. (v) detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors


  1. The hotel has a ballroom, but the glassy lobby is nearly as large and, in the fading summer light, far more inspiring.
  2. The House approved a dramatic overhaul of lobbying law by a vote of 421-0.
  3. Her book is as perversely engrossing, gossipy and gamy as a clandestine conversation in the lobby.


  1. Pope's Reference To 'Gay Lobby' Broaches Taboo Topic

    Pope Francis has surprised many with his candor in the early days of his papacy. In recent remarks, he reportedly acknowledged a so-called gay lobby in the Vatican. The pope's words are being interpreted as part of a broader effort to re-examine the way the Vatican is run.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: NPR

  2. European insurance lobby says new capital rules at risk

    ROME (Reuters) - Europe's main insurance lobby warned that a new regulatory framework for assessing the industry's capital risk may not be introduced if the EU watchdog does not back a major rewrite, the ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Boynton police lobby now open four days a week

    Lobby hours increase from one day a week to four For close to two years, Wednesday was the only day residents could walk into the Boynton Beach Police Department lobby.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Sun-Sentinel


  1. "Everybody knows this is stolen stuff," Simpson said. "Not only wasn't there a break-in, but Riccio came to the lobby and escorted us up to the room. In any event, it's stolen stuff that's mine. Nobody was roughed up."
    on Sep 14, 2007 By: Nicole Brown Simpson Source: Guardian Unlimited

  2. "I will continue to aggressively lobby Kentucky's congressional delegation to make sure they understand the critical need the commonwealth has for both the Medicaid extension and unemployment assistance extension," Beshear said in a statement.
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Steve Beshear Source: The Associated Press

  3. "If you are a lobbyist entering my administration, you will not be able to work on matters you lobbied on, or in the agencies you lobbied during the previous two years," Obama said. "When you leave government, you will not be able to lobby my...
    on Jan 23, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: DefenseNews.com (subscription)

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