Ambition

strictly speaking, means “the going from house to house” (Latin, ambitio, going about canvassing). In Rome it was customary, some time before an election came on, for the candidates to go round to the different dwellings to solicit votes, and those who did so were ambitious of office.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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