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birds of a feather pl (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) People having similar characters, backgrounds, interests, or beliefs.
    • c1710, Jonathan Swift, "A Conference," lines 11-12,
      And since we're so near, like birds of a feather,
      Let's e'en, as they say, set our horses together.
    • 1876, Anthony Trollope, chapter 51, in The Prime Minister:
      Birds of a feather do fall out sometimes.
    • 1951, "As Bad or Worse?," Time, 21 May,
      Paul Blanshard has two bogeymen of almost equal fearsomeness: one dwells in the Kremlin, the other in the Vatican.... Blanshard has satisfied himself that Stalin and the Pope are pretty much birds of a feather.

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  • "birds of a feather" in the Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.