old boy network

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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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He added: "Women continue to be under-represented at board level despite having the right education and experience they need to succeed, and are deterred from applying due to corporate boards being dominated by 'old boys' networks'."
"The old boys' networks don't address specifically the needs of women and minority-owned businesses." He also lauds the reasonable prices charged to exhibitors saying "Small firms don't always have the funds to market themselves effectively."