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 formsold-school, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for old-school

old school


mainly British a school formerly attended by a person
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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