from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An informal, exclusive system of mutual assistance and friendship through which men belonging to a particular group, such as the alumni of a school, exchange favors and connections, as in politics or business: "Working-class kids . . . had no old-boy network to turn to in times of trouble” ( Bill Barich).
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- n. Alternative form of old boy network.
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Clayton said, "Ralph, you're part of, I guess I'd call it, the old guard, the old-boy network at the firm."