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old boy network

n
informal Brit the appointment to power of former pupils of the same small group of public schools or universities
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Noun1.old boy network - an exclusive informal network linking members of a social class or profession or organization in order to provide connections and information and favors (especially in business or politics); "professional women have developed an old boy network of their own"
network, web - an interconnected system of things or people; "he owned a network of shops"; "retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life"; "tangled in a web of cloth"
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"The officials leading world football still give the impression of operating as an "old boy's network".
Factors such as the culture, structure, and organization of the programs are considered, including surgery as an "old boy's network" and how it impacts attrition among female and minority residents.
LORD Chancellor Derry Irvine was accused again last night of using the "old boy's network" to appoint a key aide.