sort out the men from the boys






sort out the men from the boys

show or prove which people in a group are truly competent, brave or mature.

1968 - House b Garden - The Dry Martini is a drink that will quickly separate the men from the boys and the girls from their principles.




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policemen and the police – informal



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used in reference to the practice of giving paid employment to your friends, supporters or relations – British derogatory

2002 - Guardian - The James Report found the unit operated a jobs for the boys recruitment policy favouring Reed's friends and political acquaintances.



the old boy network

mutual assistance especially preferment in employment, shown among those with a shared social and educational background



one of the boys

accepted by a group of men




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