old boy network

variants: or less commonly old boys' network

Definition of old boy network

usually disapproving
:an informal system in which wealthy men with the same social and educational background help each other
  • He got his job through the old boy network.

Word by Word Definitions

old play
  1. : dating from the remote past : ancient

  2. : persisting from an earlier time

  3. : of long standing

  1. : one of a specified age

  2. : old or earlier time

network play
  1. : a fabric or structure of cords or wires that cross at regular intervals and are knotted or secured at the crossings

  2. : a system of lines or channels resembling a network

  3. : an interconnected or interrelated chain, group, or system

  1. : to cover with or as if with a network

  2. : to distribute for broadcast on a television network

  3. : to join (things, such as computers) in a network


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