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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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Keep on your path of real and true verse, For you've more talent than those hordes, Don't listen to those cliquish phoneys, You're worth a thousand of those frauds
This ad hoc response marked a (small) step forward because it broke the cliquish nature of the investigation, even if only slightly.
Mean girls bully, betray others, are cliquish, and gossip.
You never know if people are going to be cliquish when you join a cast like that but right from the start they wereso friendly and welcoming.
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Heather's inability to survive in a neighborhood where children are brutal and cliquish further reinforces the family's sense of helplessness.
Ginsberg and the Beatniks were cliquish, self-promotional and, for the most part, ended up moneyed and bourgeois.
They all seem cliquish and unfriendly, gathered in their different groups.
Anti-German sentiment alienates her from the cliquish community who regard her with suspicion and when, after briey sharing lodgings with Frandsen and his wife (Alex Kingston) and sprawling brood, Olaf finally allows her to move in, prejudices are compounded by moral outrage and, even though they sleep in separate buildings, Sorrensen urges his congregation to shun them for fear of being tainted by such sinfulness as dancing together.
He skated by, sold pot, shot cocaine, downed diet speed, navigated the cliquish labyrinths of NYU, started bands, melted down, burned money, worked shitty jobs and French kissed Julian Casablancas before The Strokes became The Strokes.
But we who have watched "English" become the doormat of academic specialties know that epistemic cynicism, identity politics, cliquish power plays, animus against science, and a lax hospitality toward any theories that generate abundant discourse have stifled objective ,judgment and even, in some quarters, rendered it a term of abuse.