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To flock to

A flock of starlings

A flock of starlings fly above the fields near the coast in Suffolk, southeast England

Today's Phrase

To flock to something describes the movement of large groups of people towards a destination.

Examples:

Thousands of people flocked to the shopping centre when the mega-sale started.

Youngsters flock to cinemas to watch the latest blockbuster action movies.

Take note

Birds of a feather flock together is an expression which means that people who are similar or have similar interests tend to be close or support each other.

Example:

Dictatorial presidents tend not to criticise each other’s regimes. Birds of a feather flock together.

Interesting fact

Starlings fly in their millions and offer spectacular displays during winter. But there are not as many around nowadays. Once a common sight in both urban and rural areas of Britain, starling numbers have dropped by a staggering 92% in woodlands.

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