Definition of Old Pals Act in English:

Old Pals Act

noun

British
informal
  • Used humorously to imply that someone is using a position of influence to help their friends:

    ‘the Old Pals' Act is alive and well in the TV world’
    • ‘So, if anyone is looking forward to the French version of the Old Pals Act being repealed, I fear they are in for a long wait.’
    • ‘This is a piece about doing favours for your friends; in other words, it's about operating under the terms of the Old Pals Act of 1898.’