from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A graduate of a public school for boys.
- n. A man who is a member of an old-boy network.
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- n. An alumnus, especially of a public school.
- n. Affectionate term of address for a man.
- n. A former member of a group
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- n. a former male pupil of a school
- n. a vivacious elderly man
- n. a familiar term of address for a man
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He won election to the board of the Council on Foreign Relations by exploiting a new nomination-by-petition procedure designed to open up that old boy organizationone that had been recommended, interestingly, by a Council committee headed by Cyrus Vance.
It means a bit of pain which the old boy insists on calling neuralgia.
Except for the old boy at Pont-Marie, no one remembers him.
Apparently the old boy has been fighting the Simister Gang all his life.
The old boy was frankly blethering, and I was sorry for him.
Supposing she gave the old boy digitalin in his B and S, why should it wait all that time before working?
Maybe the old boy had heard something about Alex and was going to spill the beans to the Serrocolds. '
I had personally asked a fair number of Ivan's friends and business people to turn up at Park Crescent even if they couldn't face the crematorium but, in the event, the old boy drew a full house at Cockfosters, an eloquent and moving tribute to a good man.
I shared it all last week, while the scenes were enacting; but when papa's letter came, it made an old boy of me – I would have thrown off my hat and hurrahed, if I had not been afraid to trust four walls with my feelings; and I finally took up with the safer indulgence of some very sweet tears.