Definition of old boy network in English:

old boy network

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(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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