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Princeton's WordNet

  1. old boy network(noun)

    an exclusive informal network linking members of a social class or profession or organization in order to provide connections and information and favors (especially in business or politics)

    "professional women have developed an old boy network of their own"


  1. old boy network(Noun)

    A presumed unacknowledged system of association between childhood friends (especially those at school or university together), used for mutual assistance or favouritism.


  1. Old Boys

    The terms Old Boys and Old Girls are the usual expressions in use in the United Kingdom for former pupils or "alumni" of primary and secondary schools. While these are traditionally associated with independent schools, they are also used for some schools in the state sector. The term is also used for those who attended New Zealand schools, Sri Lankan schools, a few universities in the UK and, to a lesser extent, schools in Australia, Canada and South Africa. The Old Boy form is given a specific identification for each school. Some schools use an adjectival form of the school name, such as "Old Etonian", "Old Harrovian","Old Kimboltonian" or "Old Reptonian". Some use a Latin form derived from the Latin name of the school or its location as "Old Novaportan". Some are based on the name of the founder, such as "Old Wykehamist" and "Old Alleynian". Some are based on the school's location or street, such as "Old Gowers". Many of the schools have histories dating back several hundred years, and the Old Boy forms may have been in use for a hundred years or more. Other more recently established schools have devised Old Boy names that are distinctive to prevent confusion with other schools.


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