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old-boy network

[ohld-boi] /ˈoʊldˈbɔɪ/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for old boy network

old boy network

(Brit, informal) the appointment to power of former pupils of the same small group of public schools or universities
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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old boy network in Culture

old boy network definition

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.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for old boy network

old boy network

noun phrase

A reciprocally supportive, exclusive, and influential group of men, esp those who were friends at some prestigious school or college; in-group: an ''old-girl'' network to rival the much-ballyhooed ''old-boy'' network/ It's an old boys' system. Once you have a few commissions under your belt, one architect recommends you to another (1959+ British)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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