old college try

old college try  {n. phr.}
An attempt to win a favor from another by mentioning the fact that one had gone to the same college or university as the party from whom the favor is requested.
Since he needed a job, he decided to use the old college try when he contacted Jerry, but it didn't work.
Compare: OLD BOY NETWORK.
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