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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.
See also: network

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
See also: boy, network, old
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Moreover, it seems these decisions are slipping through the fingers of science's old-boy network into the hands of a different closed circle, that of a few lobbyists and powerful legislators.
I'm old enough to be an old boy in an old-boy network," he jokes.
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Along the same lines, most writers and pundits spent little time reporting the president's early failed business career - he lost millions for family friends who invested with him - or criticizing the old-boy network that helped his $600,000 baseball investment result in a $7 million profit.
To remove these barriers as well as the attitudinal ones set up by banking's old-boy network, black business owners must team up with private equity investors.
THE old-boy network is alive and well in the City - almost three- quarters of executive appointments to FTSE100 companies in the last three years were internal promotions, according to global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.
Busting the old-boy network and saving those new, good, young teachers--that sounds like just the job for the school board: elected officials who can protect the interests of students when the central office won't.
THE old-boy network is alive and well in the City - almost three-quarters of executive appointments to FTSE100 companies in the last three years were internal promotions, according to global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.
Last year he was accused of using the old-boy network to dodge a pounds 15 rail fine after being caught travelling first class without a ticket.
Moreover, there is the old-boy network composed entirely of white males.
Most nonprofit directors are highly successful businesspeople and can help you penetrate corporate America's old-boy networks.