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    Birds of a feather.

    AFAIK it’s usually a derogatory remark.
    - How can Bill and Tony be friends?-
    Oh, they’re birds of a feather.
    Can it be used in a positive light?
    My friend and I both like football and have much in common. We’re birds of a feather.

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    Re: Birds of a feather.

    The full saying is, "Birds of a feather flock together." It means that people of similar interests, behaviors, backgrounds, etc. will hang out with each other. While it is not necessarily derrogatory, it usually means that you are condemning one person based on the reputations of the people he associates with.

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    Question Re: Birds of a feather.

    Tnx, Mykwyner.
    So, nobody would say We’re birds of a feather, would they?

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    Re: Birds of a feather.

    Hi Humble,

    In many professional circles, they arrange BOAF
    (Birds of a feather) sessions to discuss topics related to a subgroup in that meeting. For example, every year in Las Vegas
    there is a conference of companies that make networking equipment/software. That meeting is called "Interop", by the way. So, at the Interop, there may be BOAF sessions
    (seminars/talks/presentations) related to topics such as routing
    in the Internet, or emerging security issues etc. A particular
    BOAF session would be attended by people who are interested
    in that particular topic. Thus the attendees are BOAF.

    If you do a search for "boaf session" on Google,
    you will see such sessions related to other industries.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Birds of a feather.

    Tnx, englishstudent. means the answer is affirmative, I guess.

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