old school

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Origin of old school

First recorded in 1790–1800
Related formsold-school, adjective
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Historical Examples of old-school

  • 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

  1. mainly British a school formerly attended by a person
  2. a group of people favouring traditional ideas or conservative practices
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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.).

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