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upscale

[adj. uhp-skeyl; v. uhp-skeyl; n. uhp-skeyl] /adj. ˈʌpˈskeɪl; v. ʌpˈskeɪl; n. ˈʌpˌskeɪl/
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
1970-1975
1970-75, Americanism; up- + scale3
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British Dictionary definitions for up-scale

upscale

adjective (ˈʌpˈskeɪl)
1.
of or for the upper end of an economic or social scale; up-market
verb (ˈʌpˌskeɪl)
2.
(transitive) to increase the scale of
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Word Origin and History for up-scale

upscale

adj.

1966, "at the higher end of a scale, superior," from up + noun derivative of scale (n.3).

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Slang definitions & phrases for up-scale

upscale

adjective

Having to do with upper social and economic reaches; wealthy; aristocratic; ritzy: The killing by Jean Harris was an upscale crime (1966+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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