lobby

A lobby is a large waiting room or reception area. If you're waiting for an appointment in a lobby, maybe you'll get lucky and find a good magazine or even a peppermint candy.

You'll find a lot of people hanging around in a lobby — which is basically what it’s there for. A lobby is where you meet your friend at the hotel or catch the elevator for your interview. The idea of the "political lobby group" came from the large entrance halls of the legislature, where people hung around trying to influence the lawmakers. So the next time your class tries to lobby your teacher for extra credit, he can thank the halls of Congress.

Definitions of lobby
  1. noun
    a large entrance or reception room or area
    synonyms: antechamber, anteroom, entrance hall, foyer, hall, vestibule
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    types:
    narthex
    a vestibule leading to the nave of a church
    type of:
    room
    an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
  2. noun
    the people who support some common cause or business or principle or sectional interest
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    type of:
    people
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  3. noun
    a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
    synonyms: pressure group, third house
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    types:
    NRA, National Rifle Association
    a powerful lobby that advocates the right to own and bear arms and rejects any gun regulation by the government
    type of:
    political entity, political unit
    a unit with political responsibilities
  4. verb
    detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
    synonyms: buttonhole
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    type of:
    beg, solicit, tap
    make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently
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