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upper crust

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noun
  1. the topmost layer of crust, as of a pie.
  2. Informal. the highest social class.
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Origin of upper crust

1425–75; 1830–35 for def 2; late Middle English
Related formsup·per-crust, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for upper crust

upper crust

noun
  1. informal the upper class
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upper crust in Culture

upper crust

Upper class: “The upper crust often have at least one summer house.”

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Idioms and Phrases with upper crust

upper crust

The highest social class, as in She wanted badly to be one of the upper crust but it wasn't going to happen. This term alludes to the choicest part of a pie or loaf of bread. [First half of 1800s]

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