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[lob-ee-ist] /ˈlɒb i ɪst/
a person who tries to influence legislation on behalf of a special interest; a member of a lobby.
Origin of lobbyist
1940-45; lobby + -ist
Related forms
lobbyism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lobbyist
  • Trull is a lobbyist as despised as she is respected.
  • The budget process is almost entirely driven by the state legislature, with the governor reduced to the role of a lobbyist.
  • Hopefully, tax reform is a cause which can garner sufficient support to overcome the lobbyist horde.
  • All these staffers got a fun time in some cool technology from a lobbyist.
  • Well, okay-a lobbyist and an investor who's probably talking up his position in biotech and pharmaceuticals.
  • We the people are allowing cunning politicians aided by lobbyist to dismantling our future.
  • And so it goes in a system buried by lobbyist money.
  • Other politicians exit for lobbyist or firms-that-do-business-with-governments.
  • Who they are serving in fact are tax accountants, and industry lobbyist.
  • Perry's energy speech was taken virtually whole cloth from an oil company lobbyist group's website.
British Dictionary definitions for lobbyist


a person employed by a particular interest to lobby
Derived Forms
lobbyism, noun
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Word Origin and History for lobbyist

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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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