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pressure group

n.
An interest group that endeavors to influence public policy and especially governmental legislation, regarding its particular concerns and priorities.

pressure group

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a group of people who seek to exert pressure on legislators, public opinion, etc, in order to promote their own ideas or welfare

pres′sure group`


n.
an interest group that attempts to influence legislation through the use of lobbying and propaganda.
[1925–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pressure group - a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
political entity, political unit - a unit with political responsibilities
National Rifle Association, NRA - a powerful lobby that advocates the right to own and bear arms and rejects any gun regulation by the government
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He said that if Obama rejects the short-sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups, the two countries can manage their differences.
Powerful pressure groups dictate government policy, even if their diktats make no sense.
Unfortunately, Martin seems to fall into the same trap as many other pressure groups.
I am thinking of setting up some pressure groups of my own to promote a few home truths, such as Children Like Sweets and Boys Prefer Cars to Dolls.
Unlike other pressure groups, Protect Your Voice does not have political aspirations, does not adopt a certain ideology, nor does it advocate the rights or opinions of one sector of society.
The call for more pressure groups was welcomed by Laura McAllister, professor of governance at Liverpool University.
These small pressure groups, be they Balance, the BMA or AA start by saying how many people they do speak for, then we could at least have some idea of the numbers concerned.
They could not make a living out of that, and these friends do not belong to pressure groups to get tax payers money to support their hobbies.
Suppliers, pressure groups and politicians stepped up pressure on the government this week to introduce the proposed supermarkets ombudsman.
The Ford Foundation, until recently the largest of the tax-exempt foundations, for its part got serious about forming and funding Chicano pressure groups in the late 1960s.
At last we would have had a meaty court challenge to indecency law and the FCC's inconsistent enforcement of it--an opportunity to stand up for the First Amendment against the cynical political prudery of both parties, the overblown influence of religious pressure groups, and the censorship of the FCC.