the upper crust


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the upper crust

The most affluent, powerful, or influential class in a society; the social elites or aristocrats. The awards ceremony was a chance for me to mingle with the upper crust. For years, tax laws have been specifically designed to favor the upper crust before the working or lower class.
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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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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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the upper crust

The upper crust are the people who belong to the highest social class. The Cowes Regatta is a gathering of the wealthy and the upper crust who race their huge yachts and attend grand parties.
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the upper crust

the aristocracy and upper classes. informal
In Anne Elizabeth Baker 's Glossary of Northamptonshire Words and Phrases ( 1854 ) ‘Mrs Upper Crust’ is explained as the nickname for ‘any female who assumes unauthorized superiority’. The term was also current in informal American speech in the mid 19th century. The French word gratin has a similar pair of literal and metaphorical senses, being literally ‘a crust of crumbs and cheese on top of a cooked dish’ and metaphorically ‘the highest class of society’.
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the ˌupper ˈcrust

(informal) people who are in the highest social classIn the past, the top or upper crust of a loaf of bread was the best part, which the more important members of the household ate.
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upper crust, the

An older name for high society. This term appears to have been coined by Thomas Haliburton in his Sam Slick tales. “It was none of your skim-milk parties, but superfine uppercrust,” he wrote (The Clockmaker, 1835). By 1850 others were using the term, which alluded to the choicest part of a pie or loaf of bread. “Those families, you know, are our upper crust, not upper ten thousand” wrote James Fenimore Cooper (Ways of the Hour, 1850). The term is heard less often nowadays but is not quite obsolete.
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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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Grimaud placed the pie before the duke, who took a knife with a silver blade to raise the upper crust; but La Ramee, who was afraid of any harm happening to this fine work of art, passed his knife, which had an iron blade, to the duke.
Speaking with FNA in an exclusive interview, James Corbett said those who are invited to the meeting are "the upper crust of the upper crust of the leaders of industry, royalty, financiers, and those who belong to the core power.
Old School The rich get richer and the poor will get poorer Of taxes and death one can only be surer The rich own our beautiful fertile lands They live in castles while we build on Byker sands Their power and wealth have been inherited And tax avoidance is to them is credited Government positions are almost always old school Chosen from a very limited upper class pool For the privileged few Oxford or Cambridge is a must The establishment have always looked after the upper crust The powerful and the wealthy continue to rule our lands And we will continue to live in the likes of Byker sands GEORGE MCLANDERS
IT WENT from clothing the upper crust to being mocked as the uniform of neds and Essex girls.
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Although, dry and wet dislocation creep were previously assumed for the upper crust (Tejero and Ruiz, 2002; Ruiz et al., 2006; Jimenez-Diaz et al., 2012), the numerical modelling of Cenozoic deformations discards a weak upper crust (Martin-Velazquez and De Vicente, 2012), and only dry rheology will be modelled in this layer.
Richard Graham Conway, 33, of no fixed address, attempted to lift the Royal British Legion tin from the Upper Crust shop at Liverpool Lime Street station on November 9.
But Sarah Gelman, a UW doctoral student in Earth and space sciences and her collaborators took the models further, incorporating changes in the crystallization behavior of silica-rich magma in the upper crust and temperature-dependent heat conductivity.
India's finest and most respected food and wine exhibition, the 10th edition of the Upper Crust Food and Wine Show will serve up delectable offerings for food lovers between December 14 and 16 at the World Trade Centre in Mumbai.
He may be coining it in by clinging on to the upper crust for now, but history will always remember him as the political vandal who tried to stick the "New" on Labour and chiselled off the few remaining rivets that held the "Great" to Britain.
The Upper Crust sandwich shop in Penarth's Station Road has transformed itself into Cafe Des Amis in a bid to keep its doors open.
FARMERS are being urged to embrace the upper crust.
PIE lovers are heading to a legendary Midland venue to choose their favourite dish from those devised by four contestants whose recipes were judged to be the upper crust.
Employees got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle section, while guests were given the upper crust.
A COMPANY making a range of savoury pies and pasties has proved to be the upper crust.