in droves

in droves

Fig. in large numbers. (See also be out in droves.) The settlers arrived on the prairie in droves.
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Precious tapestries, and lusters with great gilt chains, were drawn from the cupboards; an army of the poor were engaged in sweeping the courts and washing the stone fronts, whilst their wives went in droves to the meadows beyond the Loire, to gather green boughs and field-flowers.
They believed that foreigners had no independent spirit, as never being escorted to the poll in droves by Lord Decimus Tite Barnacle, with colours flying and the tune of Rule Britannia playing.
Their wives never came to the island until late in May or early in June, for they did not care to be torn to pieces; and the young two-, three-, and four-year-old seals who had not begun housekeeping went inland about half a mile through the ranks of the fighters and played about on the sand dunes in droves and legions, and rubbed off every single green thing that grew.
I discovered then, among other things, that these little people gathered into the great houses after dark, and slept in droves.
Harvey could see the glimmering cod below, swimming slowly in droves, biting as steadily as they swam.
The late-night talk show host who would cut Scousers off in droves - and was once voted the rudest man in radio.
Prospective renters have responded in droves, realizing the uniqueness of the views from every apartment; amenities found typically in condominiums, including the full-service hotel-style concierge; and accessible location.
We are constantly told of a shortage of police, yet at any big function (pop concerts, football etc) they come out in droves.
The day after the attack, security forces were out in droves in the city.
Southern audiences came out in droves to see the black female lawyer who represented Martin Luther King Jr.
Faced with the stifling mix of skyrocketing insurance premiums and taxes, state and local government regulations, environmental restrictions and spiraling labor costs, many companies packed up and left Southern California in droves.
For while fans turn out in droves for the charismatic former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on a return guest visit, this time the Bombay-born maestro who calls himself ``an honorary Jew'' has rounded up the usual Israeli suspects - pianist-conductor Daniel Barenboim, violinist Itzhak Perlman and violist Pinchas Zukerman.
Dinkins won more than 90 per cent of the black vote, but Democratic whites deserted him in droves.