old-boy network

[ ohld-boi ]
/ ˈoʊldˈbɔɪ /

noun

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.

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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

British informal the appointment to power of former pupils of the same small group of public schools or universities
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Cultural definitions for old-boy network

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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