verb (used without object), cliqued, cli·quing.
Origin of clique
Examples from the Web for clique
How ironic that the Hermit Kingdom is taking the blame for our first real look inside a clique that not even Vice dares penetrate.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A clique of GOP lawmakers say the debt ceiling crisis is a hoax.
How about the totally Beltwayized and out of touch with America clique versus the people who retain some remnants of common sense?
Not surprisingly, their clique is designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations.
So keeping with the high school metaphor, what clique would you roll with?
An election is merely a personal quarrel in the clique of men who control the Democratic party.Following the Color Line|Ray Stannard Baker
He'd not have to be like them; he'd not mix with that clique; he'd herd alone.Winner Take All|Larry Evans
It is of the clique who insist on shutting the windows that I write.
Probably he thought that the poet was a member of a London clique.Alfred Tennyson|Andrew Lang
Partly out of that clique, partly out of a circle beyond it, which Savarin can more or less influence, I select ten.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for clique
Word Origin for clique
Word Origin and History for clique
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.