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good old boy

1. In the Southern US, a white man considered to have the qualities associated with traditional conservative Southern masculine culture, including an easygoing demeanor and a generally conservative worldview. The term is applied either positively or negatively, depending on how one views such a culture. Jefferson is a good old boy—you can trust him to uphold our values. Great, just what we need—another good old boy elected to office.
2. A male who is part of a very loyal social group. Of course he only hires his friends—he's a good old boy. What do you expect? Just know that if you marry a good old boy, you're marrying his friends, too.
3. A nice, pleasant male. He's a good old boy, sure, but there's just no chemistry between us.
See also: boy, good, old

good old boy

 and good ole boy
Rur. a good guy; a dependable companion. Old Tom is a good old boy. He'll help. One of these good ole boys will give you a hand.
See also: boy, good, old

good old boy

and good ole boy
n. a good guy; a dependable companion. (Folksy.) Old Tom is a good old boy. He’ll help.
See also: boy, good, old

good ole boy

verb
See also: boy, good, olé
References in classic literature ?
'And of finding a father-in-law who is a capital fellow and a liberal good old boy. Still, I had other prospects washed and combed into my childish head when it was washed and combed for me, and I took them to a public school when I washed and combed it for myself, and I am here without them, and thus I am a disappointed man.'
Their humour and wry chemistry give a dignified gloss to a standard tale of two good old boys rediscovering self-worth in later life.
Just two good old boys, Never meanin' no harm, Beats all you ever saw, Been in trouble with the law.
And in Cajun country, the good old boys treat redfish (or red drum) like filet mignon.
Newman began recording in 1968 with a self-titled album and then, through the 1970s, released other acclaimed albums, including 12 Songs, Sail Away and Good Old Boys.
Newman staples like his timeless Louisiana 1927 -- the much-covered factual song about the highly controversial "Great Mississippi Flood" -- may be 40 years old (it was written for the Good Old Boys album in 1974) but it has a profound resonance -- particularly given the writer's long familial association with New Orleans -- in the Katrina calamity of 10 years ago, an event which is still the most costly natural disaster in US history and casts a shadow to this day.
Disguised as the "jester" who stole Elvis Pressley's crown, Dylan pops up often in the song, but does no more to pin it down than Jack Flash (Mick Jagger?) or the good old boys drinking whiskey and rye at every chorus.
"We were just good old boys driving pickups and whatnot.
"I won't be just one of the good old boys on Beacon Hill.
It is still the 'Good Old Boys' club that runs businesses in Oman and, in equal part, government establishments.
Los Angeles, CA, April 26, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The National College for DUI Defense is a "racket" that denies certification to women and minorities, and is a group dominated by a select-few "Good Old Boys" attorneys claim in Federal Court, in Case Grant Et.
A board of four or five reeks of the good old boys network, particularly if they are all from the same geographical area.
This male-only environment encourages and propagates the good old boys covering their mutual backsides.
Your article covered "an overview of changes" to the new missal with sound explanations of why, but obviously didn't say where they (the good old boys at the top) missed the point (NCR, May 28).