old school tie

noun

Definition of old school tie

1a : an attitude of conservatism, aplomb, and upper-class solidarity associated with English public school graduates
b : a necktie displaying the colors of an English public school
2 : clannishness among members of an established clique

First Known Use of old school tie

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Old school tie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20school%20tie. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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