upper crust


Definition of upper crust

: the highest social class or group especially : the highest circle of the upper class

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upper-crust \ ˈə-​pər-​ˈkrəst How to pronounce upper-crust (audio) \ adjective

Examples of upper crust in a Sentence

the conference was a gathering of the upper crust of the computer programming industry a specialty clothing store for the upper crust

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No less than the New York Times Vows section, a purveyor of idealistic romance among the upper crust, has conceded that many marriages come with an expiration date. Sean Lavery, The New Yorker, "Why Perfect Wedding Vows Embrace Imperfection," 27 June 2019 The label harks back to aristocratic prewar building names, which were often affixed to glamorous architectural showpieces to lure the upper crust. Lavanya Ramanathan, chicagotribune.com, "From ‘Liz’ to ‘The Jason’: The bizarre trend of fancy apartments with human names," 23 Aug. 2019 Reacting to the arrogance and disdain of the globalized urban upper crust, these voters drove the election of Donald Trump, the support for Brexit, and the rise of populist parties across Europe. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "The Return to Serfdom," 25 July 2019 Galactic acknowledges that its current clientele is upper crust: Most of the 600 people who have signed up for rides have net worths topping $10 million, according to recent disclosure documents. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Is the future of space travel just for super rich people?," 25 July 2019 The San Joaquin County physicians dominated the upper crust of the state’s 2018 payroll report for the second straight year, with three surgeons taking home more than $1 million in wages. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: California’s presidential hopefuls take the stage," 27 June 2019 This feels like a movie from another era, where finding Japanese Claritin in the back of a limo would surely be a sign that the person with a Japanese name but a firmly upper crust British accent was in on the crime. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "The True Crime In Netflix's Murder Mystery Is How Boring It Is," 15 June 2019 Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross After a successful season in which the Magic made tangible progress, the next step is figuring out a pathway into the East’s upper crust. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Biggest Needs for All 30 Teams in the 2019 NBA Draft," 6 June 2019 Franklin Roosevelt, scion of New York’s upper crust, opposed the colonialism that Churchill felt privileged to defend. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘The Kremlin Letters’ and ‘The Allies’ Review: The View From the Summit," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of upper crust

1836, in the meaning defined above

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