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Topic: POLITICS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: lobium 'covered way for walking'

lobby

1 noun
     
lob‧by1 plural lobbies [countable]
1TBB a wide passage or large hall just inside the entrance to a public building [= foyer]:
a hotel lobby
I'll meet you in the entrance lobby.
2
a) PGP a hall in the British parliament where members of parliament and the public meet
b) PPV one of the two passages in the British parliament where members go to vote for or against a bill
3BB [also + plural verb British English] a group of people who try to persuade a government that a particular law or situation should be changed:
the anti-foxhunting lobby
a powerful environmental lobby group
4PP an attempt to persuade a government to change a law, make a new law etc:
a mass lobby of Parliament by women's organizations
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