Good ol' boy
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Good ol' boy or good old boy is an American English slang term that can have both positive and negative meanings, depending on context and use. The term is commonplace in the Southern United States. The same phrase with purely positive connotations is used in part of England.
In the United States
The phrase also can refer negatively to someone who engages in cronyism among men who have known each other for a long period of time. Collectively, these people are referred to as a good ol' boy network, or an old boys' club.
The term is also used in parts of England, where it refers to a likeable man, typically of middle age or older. In certain countries in the Commonwealth, including the UK, an old boys network or club has a very different meaning involving alumni.
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n. Slang: A man having qualities held to be characteristic of certain Southern white males, such as a relaxed or informal manner, strong loyalty to family and friends, and often an anti-intellectual bias and intolerant point of view.
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