And this clique only allowed members with certain rites of entry: liberal Democratic women who were pro-choice.
A clique of GOP lawmakers say the debt ceiling crisis is a hoax.
But they are not included in the clique, nor do they particularly understand what the clique is fighting for anymore.
Not surprisingly, their clique is designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations.
How about the totally Beltwayized and out of touch with America clique versus the people who retain some remnants of common sense?
They believe you've got into a clique—that you've given us away.
Liquor was the only bond which held the clique together there.
A clique breaks up, there is a new coalition, and those who plotted each other's downfall are united again.
I might call them a clique; but that is not a good word, and does not express what I mean.
Nineteen members of the Senate belonged to the clique led by representatives of the brewing interests.
1711, "a party of persons; a small set, especially one associating for exclusivity," from obsolete French clique, originally (14c.) "a sharp noise," also "latch, bolt of a door," from Old French cliquer "click, clatter, crackle, clink," 13c., echoic. Apparently this word was at one time treated in French as the equivalent of claque (q.v.) and partook of that word's theatrical sense.
A maximal totally connected subgraph. Given a graph with nodes N, a clique C is a subset of N where every node in C is directly connected to every other node in C (i.e. C is totally connected), and C contains all such nodes (C is maximal). In other words, a clique contains all, and only, those nodes which are directly connected to all other nodes in the clique.
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