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clique

[klēk]
(mathematics)
In a graph, a complete subgraph of that graph.

Clique

 

a group of people striving to achieve by any available means base, selfish aims (for example, a court clique or fascist clique).

clique

(mathematics)
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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There are definite doubts about Cliquey and Internationalguest, while there are question marks against two or three others.
Big bands can be cliquey, whereas if you're in a quartet you can deal with people very personally, there's more chance of people being like-minded.
Girls, especially, can be cliquey and mean when it comes to involving others.
There have been isolated cases of name-dropping where it has benefited me, but the music scene in the North East can be quite cliquey to break into at times, so I'm extremely grateful to such people like Richard Southern from The Surf Cafe for inviting me to play there: that was just from an Instagram video I posted, so I felt very fortunate to be invited along.
I've never had any trouble making friends, but the mums at my son's school are all so cliquey.
This behavior tends to put them at the tops of leaderboards, which others may see as unfair or cliquey.
Another thing that everyone keeps mentioning is that, unlike the Cape, which is generally considered very cliquey, people in eGoli (the Zulu name for the City) are really friendly and will invite you to a braai at the drop of a hat.
She noticed cliquey mums even at Harry's first playgroup when he was just a few months old - and found it a breeding ground for competitive behaviour.