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flock

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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flockflock1 /flɒk $ flɑːk/ ●●○ noun 🔊 🔊 1 [countable]HBGROUP OF THINGS a group of sheep, goats, or birdsflock of 🔊 a flock of small birdssee thesaurus at group2 [countable usually singular]GROUP OF PEOPLE a large group of people syn crowdflock of 🔊 a flock of children3 [countable usually singular]RRCGROUP OF PEOPLE a priest’s flock is the group of people who regularly attend his or her church4 [uncountable]DH small pieces of wool or cotton that are used for filling cushions5 (also flocking /ˈflɒkɪŋ $ ˈflaː-/ American English) [uncountable]DH a soft substance that is used to make patterns on the surface of wallpaper, curtains etc
Examples from the Corpus
flocka flock of geeseBut there were rabbits by the dozens, and flocks of chestnut-colored bantams.It's easy to spot flocks of geese as they migrate.As a hermit living in a cave, he refused the flock of naked women sent to tempt him.Naturally the shepherds who had brought their flocks across must know the safest route.The clergy did not only minister word and sacraments; they also performed social roles for their flock.To complicate matters further, many of these shepherds were in agreement with their flocks.This was odd as it indicated that the winter flock had already scattered as separate pairs at this very early date.flock ofA flock of celebrities was expected at the movie's premiere.
flockflock2 verb [intransitive always +adv/preposition] 🔊 🔊 GOif people flock to a place, they go there in large numbers because something interesting or exciting is happening thereflock to/into/down etc 🔊 People have been flocking to the exhibition.flock to do something 🔊 Tourists flock to see the town’s medieval churches and buildings.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
flockIf the economy is such a mess, why are investors flocking in?When the algorithmic bats were run, they flocked like real bats.Jackdaws flocked noisily at the back of the wood; only occasionally did their silhouettes show black against the sky.They began to sell their land and, in a final bid to avoid starvation, started to flock to Calcutta.But tourists are not the only foreigners flocking to Penang.Schoolchildren flock to the malls and fast-food joints, looking for jobs as shop assistants and chefs.At Black Mountain, both teachers and students flocked to the most exciting classes.flock to do somethingPeople flocked to him in County Cavan and he became famous in Ireland with saturation media coverage.Peasant folk flocked to his hut for comfort and confession.A crowd of more than 35,000 flocked to Leeds Road on the Wednesday afternoon and several workshops had to close down.Hundreds of thousands of punters flock to the Cheltenham course.A steady stream of Gentile merchants, bankers, prospectors, and mining companies flocked to the Intermountain West.Schoolchildren flock to the malls and fast-food joints, looking for jobs as shop assistants and chefs.This summer, campers will be flocking to them like never before.An increasing number of people flocked to visit Opo, with 1500 visitors sometimes crowding the beach.
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Verb table
flock
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyflock
he, she, itflocks
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyflocked
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave flocked
he, she, ithas flocked
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad flocked
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill flock
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have flocked
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam flocking
he, she, itis flocking
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you, we, theyare flocking
Past
I, he, she, itwas flocking
you, we, theywere flocking
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been flocking
he, she, ithas been flocking
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been flocking
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be flocking
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been flocking
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