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.
In the United States
It is often used to refer to to men who behave like a Southern gentleman.
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.
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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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