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old school

advocates or supporters of established custom or of conservatism:
a military man of the old school.
Origin of old school
First recorded in 1790-1800
Related forms
old-school, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Fired five thousand of the old-school officers to win this war.

    The Iron Ration

    George Abel Schreiner
  • Now comes the old-school doctor, and thrusts in his lancet too soon.

    Bits About Home Matters Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Starke touched his hat with the air of an old-school gentleman.

  • Both Adah and Maria belong to that old-school class of proper feminine folk who never pick but always pluck flowers.

    The House

    Eugene Field
  • He's a good detective, but he likes the old-school methods, and—he and I never got on very well.

    Through the Wall Cleveland Moffett
British Dictionary definitions for old-school

old school

(mainly Brit) a school formerly attended by a person
a group of people favouring traditional ideas or conservative practices
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for old-school

in reference to a group of people noted for conservative views or principals on some professional or political matter, 1749, from old + school (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for old-school

old school


From an early time, favoring traditional ways; retro or vintage: old school fraternity hazings/ strictly old school

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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