old-boy(s) network

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - old boy(s) network

"old-boy(s) network"

a system by which men who went to the same school or college, who are members of the same club, or who know the same people, use their influence to help each other


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - old boy(s) network

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I'm starting to believe that I will never be promoted in this company.

Colleague 2: Why do you say that?

Colleague 1: Because I am not part of the old boys network. I didn't go to the same schools and am not a member of the same clubs as management.

Colleague 2: And you don't think you will be promoted on merit?

Colleague 1: That's not usually how it works with the old boys network. You have to be one of them to advance.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - old boy(s) network

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Why are you so concerned that you get into one of the top three universities?

Friend 2: Because I want to be a part of the old-boy network and it starts with which schools you attend, which clubs you join, the associations you make and the long-term friendships you make.

Friend 1: Sounds like a lot of work. Why bother?

Friend 2: Because it will bring advantages later in life; things like better jobs, better opportunities and protection.

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old-boy(s) network - Examples:

1)  ... this bloke on TV, and he is rich, had jobs through the old boy network, and never looked an electric meter in the eye. 

2)  ... a corrupt judge hand picked by the previous dictatorship to protect the old boy network

3)  Many organisations just seem to appoint staff to high office using the old boy network, settling them into a cushy well paid jobs with little input, and ...

4)  ... the same mystical sense of mission that allowed the British Old Boy network to rule a worldwide empire.

5)  Those great, dignified women believed in honour and duty and battled against the old boy network to give women a real political voice.

6)  ... of there social class, but as the upper class system runs on the old boy network this will never happen, and the problem with this is that people will ...

7)  ... bankers, barristers and businessmen have. The perfect elitist and endemically secretive 'old boy network'. 

8)  ... Masonic Faction; the hierarchies of Jews and Masons, the Establishment, the Old Boy Network or whatever you want to call it. It is the thing which controls ...

9)  ... that the top jobs go to people purely based on their contacts or the old boy network, but they nevertheless proudly boast of being royalists.

10)  Reason is because male-centric businesses and multi-national male dominated corporations adhere to the 'old boy network.'

11)  ... clients many women are looking for providers who are like minded. That "old boys network" just isn't what they want when they seek legal advice and spend

12)  ... can't get a good job. The jobs are all going to the old boys network. Now he's looking forward to working in call centres and checkouts.

13)  ... of openings that get filled without being advertised. Who you know, the old boys network, more social immobility?

14)  ... the fittest citizens into education and responsibility, the opposite is the gentleman amateur old boys network which was dominant 60 years ago, look at the legacy of imperialism, ...

15)  ... no doubt there are some MPs from all parties nervously pulling connections on the old boys network to protect themselves. 

16)  ... in their chosen field not everyone has contacts, family connections, or an old boys network to fall back on.

17)  ... managerial vacancies, who knows, perhaps we may see the end of the old boys network and get some much needed new blood and new ideas and new successes into ...

18)  ... and a US$347 million fine, but that was waved away due to the old boys network and a pardon from the very top. 

19)  In the same way, doctors get medical perks usually via the old boys network.

20)  In addition, although I am against the old boys network and similar forms of nepotism, ...