I've got a phrase in Japanese that I want to translate. The original Japanese is as follows:牛は牛連れ馬は馬連れ。

The meaning is that similar people are naturally drawn to and group with each other. The literal translation would be: Cows are with cows, and horses with horses. This works fine and I think gets the point across, but if there is an English idiom of similar meaning I would prefer to use that. Is there a commonly used idiom with this meaning?

  • In Norwegian one can say "Like barn leker best", which roughly translates to "Kids that are similar have the most fun together". Jul 18, 2021 at 18:16
  • I'm not sure if it's sufficiently idiomatic (hence the comment), but these are like-minded individuals
    – Richard
    Jul 18, 2021 at 22:12
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    @GunnarSveinsson Just an FYI, ran your phrase through Google Translate and it came back: Birds of a feather flock together Jul 19, 2021 at 19:59

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Birds of a feather flock together

Birds of a feather flock together is an English proverb. The meaning is that beings (typically humans) of similar type, interest, personality, character, or other distinctive attribute tend to mutually associate.

"Of a feather" can even be used on its own to mean


of the same kind or nature : very much alike

"You and he certainly are of a feather." This means you are very much alike, the same kind of person.


The proverb birds of a feather flock together would be the ideal equivalent

People who have similar interests, ideas, or characteristics tend to seek out or associate with one another.

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    Also “like attracts like” and “opposites attract.” So there’s the whole panoply.
    – Xanne
    Jul 18, 2021 at 9:16

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