upper crust

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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