A clique of GOP lawmakers say the debt ceiling crisis is a hoax.
Two other players who are key members of the foreign policy team, but not clique members: 6.
And this clique only allowed members with certain rites of entry: liberal Democratic women who were pro-choice.
1711, "a party of persons; a small set, especially one associating for exclusivity," from obsolete French clique, originally (14c.) "a sharp noise," also "latch, bolt of a door," from Old French cliquer "click, clatter, crackle, clink," 13c., echoic. Apparently this word was at one time treated in French as the equivalent of claque (q.v.) and partook of that word's theatrical sense.