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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLIQUE

This clique is the most variously and most curiously composed.

I wish to leave the clique for reasons of my own, and to do this I must have money.

The "clique" will take no less than a modest fortune, hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It may be guessed that Haldimand was not a popular governor with the English clique.

Liquor was the only bond which held the clique together there.

I might call them a clique; but that is not a good word, and does not express what I mean.

Belong to no clique and, of course, you are Bavius or Maevius.

But when I bid high for him, it is his clique that I bid for.

Without his clique he is but a wit; with his clique, a power.

A clique were shocked at her; it was not her salaciousness they objected to but her success.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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