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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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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.
Of course, I learned later what the rest of the world already knew--that academia is catty, cliquish, petty, and lazy.
From her nettled point of view, these figures were both cliquish and condescending.
That's after Bush is supposed to go behind the scenes to visit the cliquish galas at the "Access at the Kentucky Derby" half-hour special, which pushes the normal pre-race programming up to 1 p.
She argues that the old adage "girls will be girls"--gossipy, competitive, cliquish, backstabbing--and the idea that fighting is part of a developmental stage or a rite of passage, are not acceptable explanations.
Reingold has also lauded brokers who, bucking the industry's tradition for cliquish brokerage teams, are willing to sometimes form new groups in circumstances when a particular combination of skills and experience will give them a better chance of winning business.
Still, in the eyes of many the AKP remains suspect because of its origins, its cliquish and ideologically motivated appointments, and the decidedly faith-based cultural preferences of its leading figures--whose wives, for example, wear the Islamic headscarf.
I don't know if we're intimidating or being cliquish to them.
He treated them all with that same blend of courtesy and mild-mannered bewilderment so that while his approval rating waxed and waned in tandem with the tide of England's results, it was never dictated by cliquish prejudice.