interest group

noun
a group of people drawn or acting together in support of a common interest or to voice a common concern: Political interest groups seek to influence legislation.

Origin:
1905–10

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interest group definition


An organized group that tries to influence the government to adopt certain policies or measures. Also called pressure group. (See lobby.)

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Example sentences
Our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long
  neglected.
So, scientists will always be viewed by the government as an interest group, a
  small and feeble one at that.
The family-planning bureaucracy is a vast and entrenched interest group
  defending the status quo at all levels of government.
The first is the temptation to spread the wealth around to every region and
  interest group.
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