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droves

  
  
If you say that people are going somewhere or doing something in droves, you are emphasizing that there is a very large number of them.      n-plural   usu in N, in poss N, N of n     (emphasis)    Scientists are leaving the country in droves...     
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drove     
Drove is the past tense of drive.  

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drove

  
  
collection, company, crowd, flock, gathering, herd, horde, mob, multitude, press, swarm, throng  

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drover, does, dove

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