Definition of old school tie in US English:

old school tie


  • 1A necktie with a characteristic pattern worn by the former students of an exclusive English public school.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a time when networking meant old boys flashing the old school tie at each other, or even giving a Masonic handshake.’
    • ‘These days few would even admit to tugging on that old school tie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Used to refer to the group loyalty, mutual assistance, social class, and traditional attitudes associated with people who attended exclusive schools.
      ‘appointments based on social class and the old school tie’
      • ‘An idealist at heart, the Judge's more traditional colleagues regard him as something of a renegade to the old school tie.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Worse, the poshest individual regiments effectively reserve public appointments, in the form of commissions, for friends 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.’
      • ‘Despite the old school tie image, no other club has been so ruthless in its determination to snap up emerging talent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘He believes that Scotland is self-centred and parochial, a place where the old school tie still matters.’
      • ‘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 network is not in Scotland's long-term interests and it has to go.’
      • ‘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.’


old school tie

/ˌōld ˌsko͞ol ˈtī//ˌoʊld ˌskul ˈtaɪ/