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the old-boy network

A network of privileged men who are members of the same organizations and institutions and who assist each other in professional advancement. When you graduate from Yale, you're not only getting a degree, but a priceless entry into the old-boy network.
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the old boy network

BRITISH
The old boy network is the system of contacts made by men at private schools, universities or clubs, which they use to help each other. The majority obtained their positions through the old boy network. Note: This expression is used to show that you do not think that this sort of system is fair.
See also: boy, network, old

the old boy network

mutual assistance, especially preferment in employment, shown among those with a shared social and educational background.
See also: boy, network, old

the ˌold ˈboy network

(British English, informal) the practice of men who went to the same school using their influence to help each other at work or socially
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old-boy network, the

Social contacts among a group of insiders who help one another advance. The term old boy, originally British, refers specifically to a former pupil at one’s own public school, signifying a common background (upper-class male) and therefore a mutually beneficial interest. Although the practice of fellow alumni helping one another is much older, network was added only in the mid-twentieth century, when the idea began to be transferred to members of a social club, professional organization, business corporation, and other groups. Long an exclusively male province, it came under vigorous attack from about 1970 on by women who maintained it gave men an unfair advantage in the workplace.
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Much like a fraternity, the good old boy network begins at the border patrol academy, where senior managers traditionally begin their rise up the INS ranks.
He went on to claim the PM would pay the price for the Chancellor's attack on Oxford elitism, when he said the "the old boy network" was used to exclude bright comprehensive school children in favour of privately-educated pupils.
"She was turned down by an interview system more reminiscent of the old boy network and the old school tie than genuine justice in our society," he said.
They're fairly lowly in the scheme of things as they're not part of the old boy network," said one economist.
'The construction industry is such a competitive field, such a good old boy network," says Bentley, "that even when you are given a chance to show what you can do and do it well, people sometimes fall back into their old contractor-subcontractor relationships."
And as the new Mayor of London, she guests on a low-brow chat show and has to fight the prejudice of the old boy network headed up by the Conservative candidate (played by Martin Shaw).
The measures, from former investment banker Derek Higgs, sought to stamp on suspicions that posts at UK plcs were filled through an "old boy network" and that directors held too many roles at different companies.
THE Government will pledge pounds 15million to help end elitism following the Oxbridge old boy network row.
And in a further move to kill off the old boy network, Scottish Executive Finance Minister Jack McConnell has set up a working group to help bring in more recruits to the Civil Service from state schools, as well as women and people from ethnic minorities.
They gave two main reasons why their career progress had been impeded by being a woman - family commitments and the Old Boy Network. Few of them believed it was possible to balance home and work priorities unaided.
These young black executives have formed the equivalent of an "old boy network," which is proving valuable in today's politically charged cable industry.
The Old Boy Network won't be much help in all that.
CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown yesterday launched a scathing attack on Oxford University and its "old boy network".
"The old boy network is alive and well and living in David Cameron's 'modern' Conservative Party."
Kenny Dalglish last night extended his Liverpool old boy network at Newcastle with the shock signing of veteran striker Ian Rush.