upper crust


Definition of upper crust

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

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Other Words from upper crust

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
Recent Examples on the Web Some things are changing in the upper crust, even if just a little and mainly for the worst offenders. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Ivanka in Exile," 10 Nov. 2020 The 6,500-word story, which also appeared in the Atlantic’s November print issue, was widely shared and quoted on social media for its damning and gossipy look at the status obsessions of the economic upper crust. Washington Post, "The Atlantic gave Ruth Shalit a ‘second chance’ 25 years after a journalism scandal. It ended with an ugly correction.," 31 Oct. 2020 So, in this land of upper crust specialty foods, get thee to Rancho Gordo (1924 Yajome St., Napa). Chris Macias, SFChronicle.com, "A full day wine tasting in Napa for less than $20 — it’s possible," 24 July 2018 The way the Bulldogs dominated the second half shows the steps UT still needs to take before joining the SEC’s upper crust. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ranking the SEC teams after Week 6 of the college football season," 11 Oct. 2020 What, exactly, has given these members of the upper crust the vapors? J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Some Rich People Are Hilariously Freaked Out About a Biden Presidency," 24 Sep. 2020 But even for the upper crust, gloves had utilitarian purposes. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Gloves, running the ‘gauntlet’ of history," 7 July 2020 Seismologists are reporting that the upper crust of the Earth has quieted. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Rise of the Coronavirus Nature Genre," 17 Apr. 2020 And in the absence of that noise, Earth's upper crust is moving just a little less. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth shake less," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of upper crust

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Upper crust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper%20crust. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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