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old-boy network

[ohld-boi]
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noun
  1. an exclusive network that links members of a profession, social class, or organization or the alumni of a particular school through which the individuals assist one another in business, politics, etc.

Origin of old-boy network

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for old boy network

old boy network

noun
  1. British informal the appointment to power of former pupils of the same small group of public schools or universities
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old boy network in Culture

old boy network

A set of relationships based on past friendship or acquaintance that sometimes replaces or undermines official organizations: “He didn't deserve that promotion; he got it because of his connections to the old boy network.”

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