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old school tie

A social or business network of graduates of a secondary school, college, or university in which the members help each other because of their common bond. Among the sartorial details of the Harry Potter movies were the distinctive striped neckties that represented each house. The ties echoed those worn by students at real-life British boarding schools and universities and at American prep schools and colleges. Many alumni continue to sport the neckwear for the rest of their lives to show their academic heritage and to allow themselves to be recognized by fellow graduates. Small wonder, then, that this feeling of pride and sense of community makes these alumni kindly disposed to their colleagues, willing if not eager to help them find employment or membership and to gain advancement. In that sense, “tie” refers both to the cravat and to the interpersonal relationship. A similar expression, “old boy network,” comes from the British expression for a graduate of certain upper-crust boarding schools: As a graduate of Eton, James Bond was an Eton old boy.
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It makes me cringe when I hear the old school tie crowd come out with claptrap about Moseley Rugby Club being an intrinsic part of Birmingham's heritage.
KNOT your old school tie round your head and girls, hitch up your skirts - we're off to Michael Gove's 80s Skool Disco.
In most businesses the old school tie, or even the degree scroll are not as valuable as practical experience and the right attitude.
The other side of the coin is that when Brown is evicted from No 10, he is likely to be offered bank directorships by the old boy network, the old school tie brigade and a certain secret society for looking after them.
Kate Winslet just about got away with her satin suit but Jude Law clearly couldn't afford a collar in the same colour as his shirt and thought his old school tie would be just the thing to wow the ladies.
What, then, about buck-toothed, inbred chinless wonders who only get by because of the old school tie network?
And, as for my old school tie, that was eventually ceremonially destroyed to the sound of Alice Cooper singing School's Out.
However the Dublin-born stunner said she has no regrets about hanging up her old school tie.
Not which old school tie they wear with their trainers.
Seems to me that what we are seeing is that tax fraud is OK because it's the boys in the old school tie at it, while benefit fraud is about the sink estates and single mums.
The truth is Conservative candidate selection methods don't treat women equally - they just perpetuate the old school tie.
If only they could decide what makes them English, without reference to the Queen, the Army, the Old School tie, the Falklands, Maggie Thatcher, the Bulldog Breed and Land of Hope and Glory.
There's still too much old school tie attitude to it.
But the Lambourn trainer has been angered by the report because she feels "it is the old school tie covering each other's arse.
This garment gained official seal of approval by the establishment who wore it for purposes of identification: old school tie, regimental tie.