up scale

upscale

[adj. uhp-skeyl; v. uhp-skeyl; n. uhp-skeyl] Informal.
adjective
1.
located at, moving toward, or of or for the upper end of a social or economic scale: The boutique caters to upscale young career people.
2.
luxurious, costly, or elegant.
verb (used with object), upscaled, upscaling.
3.
to improve the quality, value, or rating of: a five-year plan to upscale the neighborhood.
noun
4.
(used with a plural verb) elegant, elite, privileged persons collectively (usually preceded by the ): shops that only the upscale can afford to patronize.

Origin:
1970–75, Americanism; up- + scale3

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upscale
 
adj
1.  of or for the upper end of an economic or social scale; up-market
 
vb
2.  (tr) to increase the scale of

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upscale
1966, "at the higher end of a scale, superior," from up + noun derivative of scale (v.).
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