Definition of “the old-boy network” - English Dictionary

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“the old-boy network” in British English

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the old-boy network

the way in which men who have been to the same expensive school or university help each other to find good jobs:

The old-boy network still operates in some City banks.

(Definition of “the old-boy network” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“the old-boy network” in Business English

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the old-boy networknoun [ S ]

uk us also old school tie UK disapproving

the informal system in which men who went to the same school or university help each other to find good jobs or get other social advantages:

He got his City job through the old-boy network.
The interview system seemed to favour the old school tie over academic merit.

(Definition of “the old-boy network” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)