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lobbyist

[lob-ee-ist] /ˈlɒb i ɪst/
noun
1.
a person who tries to influence legislation on behalf of a special interest; a member of a lobby.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; lobby + -ist
Related forms
lobbyism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lobbyism

lobbyist

/ˈlɒbɪɪst/
noun
1.
a person employed by a particular interest to lobby
Derived Forms
lobbyism, noun
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Word Origin and History for lobbyism

lobbyist

n.

1863, American English, from lobby (n.) in the political sense + -ist.

[A] strong lobbyist will permit himself to lose heavily at the poker-table, under the assumption that the great Congressman who wins the stake will look leniently upon the little appropriation he means to ask for. [George A. Townsend, "Events at the National Capital and the Campaign of 1876," Hartford, Conn., 1876]

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