old school tie

noun

1
a
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of old school tie was in 1932

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“Old school tie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/old%20school%20tie. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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