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flower of the flock

The best person or thing in a group. Your cupcakes are just the flower of the flock—there is no better item at the bake sale. She's the best we've got, the flower of the flock, so you should absolutely put her on this case.
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Birds of a feather flock together.

Prov. Similar people tend to associate with each other. I always thought Amy was pretentious, and now she's going out with that snobbish boy, Louis. Birds of a feather flock together. George: Why do you think Donald is dishonest? Ned: All his friends are dishonest. Birds of a feather flock together.
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flock after someone or something

to follow someone or something in a group. The children flocked after the man playing the flute. Fans flocked after the movie star as he went from his limo into the hotel.
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flock around someone or something

to crowd around someone or something. All the children will flock around the magician to see how the tricks are performed. The guests flocked around the birthday cake.
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flock in(to) (some place)

Fig. [for people] to move into some place in crowds. People were flocking into the store where everything was on sale.
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flock to someone or something

Fig. [for people] to come to someone or something in great numbers. Many people flocked to the shopping mall for the post holiday discounts. The kids flocked to the movie theater on Saturday afternoon.
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flock together

to gather together in great numbers. (*Typically said of birds and sheep.) A large number of blackbirds flocked together, making a lot of noise. Do sheep really flock together in a storm?
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Birds of a feather flock together.

something that you say which means people who have similar characters or similar interests will often choose to spend time together I saw the boy who stole my bag with that gang of trouble makers last night - well, birds of a feather flock together, they say.
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birds of a feather (flock together)

Individuals of like character, taste, or background (tend to stay together), as in The members of the club had no trouble selecting their yearly outing-they're all birds of a feather . The idea of like seeks like dates from ancient Greek times, and "Birds dwell with their kind" was quoted in the apocryphal book of Ecclesiasticus. The full saying in English, Birds of a feather flock together, was first recorded in 1545.
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Faster line speeds can be accommodated by using two or more flocking units in series on the line.
Factors affecting this include the profile shape and volume, the specific adhesive system used, the desired adhesion level, oven temperatures, length of oven and the number of flocking units being run.
As they have been run, typical flocking lines for EA materials are much shorter than the traditional lines: 125 to 210 ft.
Flocking units that have been used for traditional rubber have been found suitable to run with the TPEs.
To evaluate flocking propensity (the occurrence of a species more or less frequently than expected due to chance) of the most abundant species in both infested and uninfested forests, we used a 2 x 2 Yate's-corrected chi-square test for independence; this test contrasted a given species' abundance in flocks and on point counts with the total abundance of all species in flocks and on point counts.
05/120 pairwise comparisons) and flocking propensity being assessed at [alpha] [less than or equal to] 0.
This provided us with another measure of flocking tendency and whether it changed with resource availability.
Among residents, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Boreal Chickadee were among the most frequently observed flocking species.
Instead of strong tendencies for species to associate with others during flocking, we observed random associations of individuals and species more often.
Our flocking propensity results suggest that some species show stronger tendencies to flock than others.
They found less flocking in a food-supplemented site versus a control site and so argued that flocking was related more to foraging than to antipredator strategies per se.
Combined, the few trends in species co-occurrences, the inconsistent trends in flocking propensity for most species examined, and the contrasting diversity measures between infested and uninfested sites suggest that flocks are largely representative of local avian communities.
Although we found little structure in patterns of flocking on the breeding grounds, it is well established that flocking does occur in boreal forest bird communities immediately after the young fledge (i.
An experimental analysis of mixed-species flocking in birds of deciduous woodland.
Flocking behavior of migratory warblers in winter in the Virgin Islands.