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earn a crust

To do work of any kind for a living; to earn money by some means. No, working in a canning factory isn't exactly glamorous, but we've all got to earn a crust somehow.
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earn (one's) crust

To do work of any kind for a living; to earn money by some means. No, working in a canning factory isn't exactly glamorous, but I've got to earn my crust somehow. I hear Janet is earning her crust with an investment firm in Tokyo now.
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upper crust

Fig. the higher levels of society; the upper class. (From the top, as opposed to the bottom, crust of a pie.) Jane speaks like that because she pretends to be from the upper crust, but her father was a miner. James is from the upper crust, but he is penniless.
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the upper crust

people who have the highest social position and who are usually rich Many treasures were brought back to Britain because its upper crust was wealthy and liked travelling abroad.
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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]
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crust

n. nerve; gall. She’s got a lot of crust—coming in here like that.

upper crust

The top level of society. Although you might think that “crust” refers to bread and that the upper part was reserved for the aristocracy, word detectives would say you're wrong: no authoritative written connection between bread and the well-bred can be found. “Crust” refers to the earth's crust, or top layer. The upper crust of a society is its top layer.
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References in classic literature ?
This was the signal for displaying the hidden treasures of the closet, which comprised sundry plates of oranges and biscuits, and a bottle of old crusted port--that at one-and-nine--with another of the celebrated East India sherry at fourteen-pence, which were all produced in honour of the lodger, and afforded unlimited satisfaction to everybody.
5 mm, the crusted columns record larger cumulative evaporation values than the sandy surface over the entire evaporation process, indicating the retarding effect of the microbiotic crusts on evaporation.
However, when subjected to greater precipitation amounts (more than 10 mm), the crusted surfaces started to show favourable effects on evaporation rates, and the higher evaporation rates during the second evaporation phase for the crusts bearing microorganisms resulted in greater water loss.
Initial examination of the dune crests in both the low-intensity sheep-grazing and very high-intensity goat-grazing paddocks showed that the soil surface was a mosaic of loose sandy and crusted areas.
Based on the initial observations, we selected representative sandy and crusted areas for the rainfall simulation and micromorphological measurements (Table 2).
In fact most items were crusted in some way or another by the first Paul's starting chef.
And you won't find a more handsome or fulfilling rendition of crusted rack of lamb ($22) anywhere.