old boy network

variants: less commonly

old boys' network

Definition of old boy network

usually disapproving

  1. :  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

  1. :  dating from the remote past :  ancient

    :  persisting from an earlier time

    :  of long standing

  1. :  a male child from birth to adulthood

    :  son

    :  an immature male

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

    :  a system of lines or channels resembling a network

    :  an interconnected or interrelated chain, group, or system

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

    :  to distribute for broadcast on a television network

    :  broadcast

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