One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a flock of sheep’
herd, drove, fold
2‘a flock of birds’
group, flight, congregation
3flocks‘flocks of people’
crowd, throng, horde, mob, rabble, large number, mass, multitude, host, army, pack, swarm, sea, stream, troupe, press, crush, flood, collection, company, gathering, assembly, assemblage
British informal shower
1‘people flocked around him asking for autographs’
gather, collect, congregate, assemble, come together, get together, converge, convene, rally, rendezvous, muster, meet, mass, amass, crowd, throng, cluster, herd, group, bunch, swarm, huddle, mill
2‘collectors flocked to the tiny village’
stream, go in large numbers, swarm, surge, seethe, spill, crowd, herd, troop
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