old-boys' club

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - old boys' club

"old-boys(') club"

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 boys' club

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 club. 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 club. You have to be one of them to advance.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - old boys' club

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-boys' club 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-boys(') club - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for old-boys(') club.

old-boys(') club - Examples:

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

2)  ... a corrupt judge hand picked by the previous dictatorship to protect the old boys' club

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

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

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

6)  ... of there social class, but as the upper class system runs on the old boys' club 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 boys' club'. 

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 boys' club, 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 boys' club.'

11)  ... clients many women are looking for providers who are like minded. That "old boys club" 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 club. 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 club, more social immobility?

14)  ... the fittest citizens into education and responsibility, the opposite is the gentleman amateur old boys club 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 club to protect themselves. 

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

17)  ... managerial vacancies, who knows, perhaps we may see the end of the old boys club 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 club and a pardon from the very top. 

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

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