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upper crust

the topmost layer of crust, as of a pie.
Informal. the highest social class.
Origin of upper crust
late Middle English
1425-75; 1830-35 for def 2; late Middle English
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upper-crust, adjective Unabridged
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  • Will Rachel gain admission to Fantasy Island (i.e., upper-crust Singapore) or be booted off, or flee in revulsion?

    Gatsby in Asia Ross Perlin June 28, 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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British Dictionary definitions for upper-crust

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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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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