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

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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 The Waldorf, with its Art Deco luxury, had hosted European monarchs, diplomats, and New York’s white upper crust. Tanisha C. Ford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Socialite Mollie Moon Used Fashion Shows to Fund the Civil Rights Movement," 8 Mar. 2021 The interview raised another British leitmotif: the insular nature of the country’s upper crust. Los Angeles Times, "Like a ‘hand grenade’: In Britain, Harry and Meghan’s incendiary interview draws praise, fury," 8 Mar. 2021 Smart is taking the dominant 25-point blowout victory, the worst Kansas has ever suffered at home, with a grain of salt now that the Jayhawks have won five straight games to storm back to the upper crust of the conference. Dallas News, "Shaka Smart, Texas basketball are ‘here to win’ on unprecedented senior night," 22 Feb. 2021 Despite Mars’ impressive volcanic architecture, a lot of its magma seems to be injected into the upper crust and simply stuck there, sometimes creating enormous volcanic protuberances. Quanta Magazine, "Rumbles on Mars Raise Hopes of Underground Magma Flows," 1 Feb. 2021 The series is a visual riot, complete with period costumes and sumptuous sets (from upper crust drawing rooms to tawdry nightclubs) and is written with a delicious mix of action and wit to keep things exciting but never procedural. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Move Over, Sherlock! Miss Scarlet and the Duke Star Kate Phillips on TV's Greatest New Detective," 18 Jan. 2021 Fitzhugh grew up in Mississippi, the daughter of a wealthy and intensely controlling member of the upper crust, and a beautiful but impoverished young dancer who lost custody of her daughter in an ugly, very public divorce. Star Tribune, "Review: 'Sometimes You Have to Lie,' by Leslie Brody.," 4 Dec. 2020 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

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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 9 May. 2021.

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