the old boy network
mutual assistance especially preferment in employment, shown among those with a shared social and educational background
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boys in blue
policemen and the police – informal
boys will be boys
childish, irresponsible or mischievous behaviour is typical of boys or young men – proverb
jobs for the boys
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.
one of the boys
accepted by a group of men
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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