old school tie

a necktie striped in the colors of a specific English public school, especially as worn by a graduate to indicate his educational background.
an alumnus of an English public school.
the clannishness and conservative manners, dress, and attitudes associated with students and graduates of the English public schools.
snobbishness, clannishness, or extreme conservatism.


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old school tie
1.  (Brit) a distinctive tie that indicates which school the wearer attended
2.  the attitudes, loyalties, values, etc, associated with British public schools

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It's quite a pleasant spoof really, all about the old school tie and whose neck it fits.
The old school tie and connections make you a laughing stock to the world.
Stop the old school tie network and let the market become truly fair to all.
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