old-boy network


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old-boy network

(ōld′boi′)
n.
An informal, exclusive system of mutual assistance and friendship through which men belonging to a particular group, such as the alumni of a school, exchange favors and connections, as in politics or business: "Working-class kids ... had no old-boy network to turn to in times of trouble" (Bill Barich).

old′-boy′ net`work

(ˈoʊldˈbɔɪ)
n.
a network through which men of the same profession, social class, school, affiliation, or the like assist one another in business, politics, etc.
[1955–60]
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