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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
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Our tradition sometimes traps us instead of giving life to us, as with women's limited role in the church, the limited promotion of lay leadership, the unhealthy 'good old boy' network of clergy that protects itself instead of empowering others and the truth.
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