the old school tie

the old school tie

A bond of kinship between people who graduated from the same private school and help each other in the professional world. The old school tie is still very influential in the firm, with the majority of upper management coming from the same university.
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the old school tie

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The old school tie is the way in which men who have been to the most famous British private schools use their positions of power to help improve the careers of other men who went to the same school. Networking is a major part of male culture — whether through the old school tie, the pub, the club or the sports field. Note: You can use the old school tie before a noun. So does the old school tie network still exist?
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the old school tie

the attitudes of group loyalty and traditionalism associated with wearing the tie of a particular public school. British
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the ˌold school ˈtie

(British English) an informal system in which upper class men educated at the same private school help each other with jobs, contracts, etc. in their adult lives: People say that the bank is run on the old school tie system.
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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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And The Old School Tie has been responsible for opening more doors than a Harrod's doorman.
SO many people go to work in open neck shirts these days the old school tie is not as obvious as it was.
Sometimes we had a dare to take off the old school tie and our blazers and shim over the wall and go and put a bet on the two o'clock, as we were all well underage for betting.
Perhaps his loyalties lie in the old school tie and not in the welfare of his flock.
This isn't about fairness, it's about abuse of power and the old school tie looking after the haves while the have-nots pay the price.
Talent does not necessarily apply because there is always nepotism or the old school tie.
Even the old school tie sexist Tories were led by the Iron Lady.
Normally we wore gymslips and the old school tie, and outdoors had to wear detested school caps of an unbecoming pudding-basin shape with yellow stripes.
But if David Cameron wins he is preparing to stuff his parliamentary party and government with the old school tie.
I KNOW Lord Oaksey is a throw back to the old school tie brigade but I still raised a glass to him on his 80th birthday.
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.
The important jobs still belong to the old school tie brigade - despite the Government telling us educational standards have never been so high.
Professed political democracy does not automatically do away with patronage, a modern version of the old school tie, or a male elite.
The ability to use contacts, make friends in the office and get yourself noticed by senior managers has long been a mainstay of office politics, but the old school tie network, although not yet dead, is being swept aside by a generation of managers weaned on fierce peer-group competition.
Whether it's the judiciary, the media, business or public life, wearing the old school tie means you're up to 10 times more likely to reach the top.