Definition of old school tie in English:

old school tie


  • 1A necktie with a characteristic pattern worn by the former pupils of a particular school, especially a public school.

    • ‘See my room is quite large, and it has those blocks of wood holding up the ceiling so I had planned to do the simple thing of attaching my old school tie to one of the pieces of wood.’
    • ‘One can't imagine a greater contrast to the National Farmers Federation, led by executives with ruddy faces and old school ties.’
    • ‘These days few would even admit to tugging on that old school tie.’
    • ‘He was the epitome of the American idea of an Englishman, willingly posing for photographs hailing a taxi on Fifth Avenue with a rolled umbrella, dressed in waistcoat, old school tie and bowler hat.’
    • ‘There's no doubting it helped, especially with the upheaval of ground rows and incoming Eastern Europeans, but without an impressive CV the old school tie would have been worthless.’
    • ‘It must have been the only university at the height of the uber-cool Britpop scene where you could wear a Dire Straits or Queen T-shirt and not be hung from the nearest lamppost by your old school tie.’
    • ‘This may be seen today in corporate uniforms (airlines, hotels), identification badges, shoulder-tabs, and arm-bands; regimental and old school ties are merely rose-tinted nostalgia for lost fraternalism.’
    • ‘He doesn't wear an old school tie anymore and has stopped donning a dinner jacket and wandering down to the casino of an evening, with a sporty gel on his arm.’
    • ‘There was a time when networking meant old boys flashing the old school tie at each other, or even giving a Masonic handshake.’
    1. 1.1 Used to refer to the group loyalty, social class, and traditional attitudes associated with people who attended public schools:
      ‘appointments based on social class and the old school tie’
      • ‘Despite the old school tie image, no other club has been so ruthless in its determination to snap up emerging talent.’
      • ‘This new Scottish elite finds the old school tie to be increasingly unimportant, with those educated at state-funded schools outnumbering the privately educated by two to one.’
      • ‘The old school tie is very much a fundamental issue in getting access to Irish job markets - perhaps we should stop living in denial about how our two-tier society has come about!’
      • ‘The result, he hopes, will be a giant set of databases that show the web of connections that often fuel politics and policymaking, such as old school ties, shared club memberships and campaign donations.’
      • ‘An idealist at heart, the Judge's more traditional colleagues regard him as something of a renegade to the old school tie.’
      • ‘So we have the ideologues in a Labour Government re-establishing a class structure in this country built around school - the old school tie network, which our generation thought we had managed to kill.’
      • ‘Worse, the poshest individual regiments effectively reserve public appointments, in the form of commissions, for friends of the old school tie.’
      • ‘Accent is a bit like the old school tie - if you speak nicely you will get a job, if you speak badly maybe you won't.’
      • ‘No wonder that former politicians slip so easily into jobs in the media - it is a power base and it operates by similar rules to politics - contacts, favours and a version of the old school tie.’
      • ‘Professed political democracy does not automatically do away with patronage, a modern version of the old school tie, or a male elite.’
      • ‘The old school tie network is not in Scotland's long-term interests and it has to go.’
      • ‘He believes that Scotland is self-centred and parochial, a place where the old school tie still matters.’
      • ‘I didn't grow up on the North Shore, I didn't attend a Private School with blokes called ‘Hamish, Stirling, Campbell or Fothrington’ and I don't hail from that ‘Ra-Ra’ background of old school ties and Bentley's.’


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