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

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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 were always a little separate from us.) Gloria, a student who had been very positive in describing others, explained that she felt ridiculed by some of the cliquey, university students.
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I did make a few friends at the school gates, but they're all quite cliquey.
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Instead the first thing they did was gather into little like-minded cliquey fragments and work out how best to save themselves.
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"The House of Commons is more class-bound than the House of Lords, the Labour party more rigidly stratified than the Conservatives and comprehensive schools more cliquey than Eton College" - Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.
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