jobs for the boys

British & Australian work that is given by someone who is in an important position to their friends or members of their family.

They operated a system of jobs for the boys.


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  • jobs for the boys — Jobs given to or created for friends or supporters • • • Main Entry: ↑job * * * jobs for the boys british informal phrase jobs that someone gives to their friends Thesaurus: types of job or workhyponym general words relating to jobs and work …   Useful english dictionary

  • jobs for the boys — Where people give jobs, contracts, etc, to their friends and associates, these are jobs for the boys …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • jobs for the boys — UK DISAPPROVING ► work that someone in a position of power gives to friends or relations: »Labour sharply criticized the board s appointment of the former trade minister as an example of jobs for the boys. Main Entry: ↑job …   Financial and business terms

  • jobs for the boys — ► jobs for the boys Brit. the practice of giving paid employment to one s friends, supporters, or relations. Main Entry: ↑job …   English terms dictionary

  • Jobs for the Boys — Infobox UK Television Episode Title = Jobs for the Boys Series name = Yes Minister Caption = Episode title card Series no = 1 Episode = 7 Airdate = 7 April 1980 Writer = Antony Jay Jonathan Lynn Producer = Sydney Lotterby Director = Guests =… …   Wikipedia

  • jobs for the boys —    Where people give jobs, contracts, etc, to their friends and associates, these are jobs for the boys.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Jobs for the boys —   Where people give jobs, contracts, etc, to their friends and associates, these are jobs for the boys …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • jobs for the boys — Meaning Favouritism where jobs or other patronage is given to friends and acquaintances. Origin The boys are the old boys of english public schools. The class system in england used to, and to an extent still does, maintain an old boys network ,… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • jobs for the boys — British informal jobs that someone gives to their friends …   English dictionary

  • Jobs for the boys — 1. system of male nepotism in which one looks after the interests of one s mates in preference to other people s interests; 2. any similar system in which preferential treatment is given to friends, associates, supporters, etc …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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