Definition of old boy network in English:

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old boy network

(also old boys' network)


An informal system through which men are thought to use their positions of influence to help others who went to the same school or university as they did, or who share a similar social background: many managers were chosen by the old boy network
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  • The selection process has been reformed following criticisms that it was too secretive and liable to be influenced by an ‘old boy's network’.
  • Many of the councillors had been co-opted and this led people to believe that it become an old boys' network and was not truly representative of the community.
  • This is the modern equivalent of the old boys' network.

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