upper crust

upper crust

the topmost layer of crust, as of a pie.
Informal. the highest social class.

1425–75; 1830–35 for def 2; late Middle English

upper-crust, adjective
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upper crust
informal the upper class

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upper crust definition

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

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Idioms & Phrases

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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