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[adj. uhp-skeyl; v. uhp-skeyl; n. uhp-skeyl] /adj. ˈʌpˈskeɪl; v. ʌpˈskeɪl; n. ˈʌpˌskeɪl/ Informal.
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.
luxurious, costly, or elegant.
verb (used with object), upscaled, upscaling.
to improve the quality, value, or rating of:
a five-year plan to upscale the neighborhood.
(used with a plural verb) elegant, elite, privileged persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
shops that only the upscale can afford to patronize.
Origin of upscale
1970-75, Americanism; up- + scale3 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for upscale


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for upscale

upper story

noun phrase

The brain; the mind: definite shortcomings in the upper story (1699+)

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loose in the bean

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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