upper crust

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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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Contemporary Examples of upper crust

  • Will Rachel gain admission to Fantasy Island (i.e., upper-crust Singapore) or be booted off, or flee in revulsion?

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    Gatsby in Asia

    Ross Perlin

    June 29, 2013

  • These upper-crust, traditional networks are a huge part of why young men and young women choose to go to Ivy League schools.

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    Ivy League After Dark

    Rebecca Davis O'Brien

    March 21, 2011

Historical Examples of upper crust


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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