upper crust

noun

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 \ 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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Usually reserved for the upper crust of beer drinkers, Amazon's lead-in to its epic Prime Day discount extravaganza is discounting this 64oz growler for just $135, down from $170. Popular Mechanics Shop Team, Popular Mechanics, "Drink in Style With These Discounted Growlers," 12 July 2018 Among the upper crust, such a thing would not have been comme il faut. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Proust’s Duchess’ Review: The Guermantes Trio," 5 July 2018 And Republicans just passed another round of tax cuts to offer a helping hand to the upper crust. New York Times, "The Profound Social Cost of American Exceptionalism," 29 May 2018 While the upper crust among them may be well initiated, newbies from Hollywood could be attending their first royal affair. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "Royal wedding: The invitation says 'day dress with hat.' Here are hats from other royal nuptials," 16 May 2018 That’s a reversal from the first half of the 20th century, when a churchgoing Protestant establishment dominated the country’s upper crust. Jason Willick, WSJ, "The Man Who Discovered ‘Culture Wars’," 25 May 2018 On September 17, 2014, the art world’s upper crust convened in Luxembourg City to fête Le Freeport, a warehouse where the ultra-rich hoard paintings, cars, jewelry, wine, and other luxuries in duty-free comfort. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Longreads, "Tax-Free Storage Wars," 29 May 2018 Rediker believes that was, in part, because Lay didn’t fit the narrative embraced by the upper crust in the abolitionist movement. Susan Hogan, Washington Post, "‘In the belly of hell’: The Quaker abolitionist disowned by his faith for condemning slave owners," 14 May 2018 Jason Gerace directs this story of a young woman from a poor but creative family who falls in love with a young man from the upper crust. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "Summer theater 2018: Our top 25 shows to see," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of upper crust

1836, in the meaning defined above

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