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An abbreviated colloquial term for the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, often used as an indicator of high status or esteem in such phrases as ‘an Oxbridge education’. It is suggestive of a clear distinction between the two earliest universities and the later universities founded in the 19th and 20th centuries, which are often referred to colloquially as ‘red‐bricks’, and ‘new universities’ or ‘ex‐polytechnics’ respectively.

Subjects: Education.

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