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old school tie

Syllabification: old school tie

Definition of old school tie in English:

noun

chiefly British
1A necktie with a characteristic pattern worn by the former students of an exclusive English public school.
Example sentences
  • He was the epitome of the American idea of an Englishman, willingly posing for photographs hailing a taxi on Fifth Avenue with a rolled umbrella, dressed in waistcoat, old school tie and bowler hat.
  • He doesn't wear an old school tie anymore and has stopped donning a dinner jacket and wandering down to the casino of an evening, with a sporty gel on his arm.
  • This may be seen today in corporate uniforms (airlines, hotels), identification badges, shoulder-tabs, and arm-bands; regimental and old school ties are merely rose-tinted nostalgia for lost fraternalism.
1.1Used to refer to the group loyalty, mutual assistance, social class, and traditional attitudes associated with people who attended exclusive schools: appointments based on social class and the old school tie
More example sentences
  • I didn't grow up on the North Shore, I didn't attend a Private School with blokes called ‘Hamish, Stirling, Campbell or Fothrington’ and I don't hail from that ‘Ra-Ra’ background of old school ties and Bentley's.
  • The result, he hopes, will be a giant set of databases that show the web of connections that often fuel politics and policymaking, such as old school ties, shared club memberships and campaign donations.
  • So we have the ideologues in a Labour Government re-establishing a class structure in this country built around school - the old school tie network, which our generation thought we had managed to kill.

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