birds of a feather flock together

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The expression appears to have surfaced in the 16th century, allegedly a literal translation of Plato's Republic.[1][2] In 1545, William Turner wrote a version of the expression in the Rescuing of Romish Fox: "Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together." One can, however, also compare the expression to Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 27:10: "Birds resort unto their like."


birds of a feather flock together

  1. (idiomatic) People of similar character, background, or taste tend to congregate or associate with one another.


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  • Gregory Y. Titelman, Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings, 1996, →ISBN, p. 31.