Definition of the old boy network noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the old boy network

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[singular] (British English, informal, often disapproving)
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(especially in the past) the situation in many British companies, government departments and branches of the armed forces where people give jobs and other privileges to 'old boys' (= former students) of the public school or university that they went to Most of the managers were chosen by the old boy network and many of them turned out to be incompetent.

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