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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.
1940-45; lobby + -ist
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lobbyism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lobbyists
  • The lawmakers heard plenty from the lobbyists, in other words, but not from the people.
  • His response affirmed my essential point: scientists are every bit as vested in their expertise as lawyers and lobbyists.
  • That's why we've excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs, or seats on federal boards and commissions.
  • He does all of the things lobbyists do, but he calls it being a historian.
  • In other words, it helps to know what you want-a principle that has made a lot of lobbyists a lot of money over the years.
  • Eventually, however, defense contractor lobbyists have generally learned how to get around them or have them rescinded.
  • The industry is fighting these efforts-mainly with its legions of lobbyists and lawyers.
  • Lawmakers do not have to disclose when they've met with lobbyists.
  • Once you cross the threshold they can't drag you back, no matter how powerful their lobbyists and marketers are.
  • Then there are economic concerns similar to our concerns regarding lobbyists in government.
British Dictionary definitions for lobbyists


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



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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