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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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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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earn a crust

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earn your crust

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If you earn a crust or earn your crust, you earn enough money to live on, especially by doing work you would prefer not to do. In his early days, he would do almost anything to earn a crust. You have to earn your crust somehow. Note: A crust means a piece of bread, especially a piece of the hard, outer part of the loaf.
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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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ˌearn a/your ˈcrust

(British English, informal) earn enough money to live on: He’s a musician now, but he used to earn a crust by cleaning windows.
The crust is the hard, outer surface of bread.
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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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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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The new diet range, which includes crustless quiches and single-serve soups, will contain less than 3% fat or half the fat of comparable products.
Patent 6,004,596 for a Crustless Peanut Butter Sandwich claims (in summary), "A sealed crustless sandwich consisting [of] a bread layer .
Bad patents are everywhere: covering obvious inventions like the crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwich, ridiculous ideas like a method of exercising a cat with a laser pointer, and impossible concepts like traveling faster than the speed of light.
CRUSTLESS HAM AND GRITS PIE 1/3 cup quick grits 1 cup water 1 cup evaporated milk 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded 3/4 cup lean ham, cooked and chopped 3 eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1/4 teaspoon salt Cook grits in water according to package directions, omitting salt.
They have been eating plenty of calorie-packed cheese omelets, fried chicken and crustless quiche.
By the Victorian era, tea time was a fashionable custom, as ladies and gentlemen gathered to enjoy a pretty pot of hot tea, finger sandwiches made with wafer-thin, crustless slices of bread, warm scones with butter, rich Devonshire cream and strawberry jam, and hot tea cakes served on fine china.
For the more sedentary, there are computer lessons, a two-room professionally staffed library, casino, a formal afternoon tea with silver trays of crustless sandwiches and creamy scones, and that laidback outdoor deck-chair activity of sipping hot bouillion enveloped in a woolen blanket.
Less than a year after announcing the deal, Sara Lee had launched Ironkids Crustless Bread and expanded its flagship brand into the fresh bread aisle with one of the category's biggest rollouts ever.
a Michigan company, was infringing on its patent by serving crustless peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, and demanded that it cease and desist immediately.
PTO awarded a patent to Menusaver for crustless peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches in December 1999.
And what cooler substance could you find than cucumber, chilled, skinned and cut into slices and used to fill soft, crustless white bread?
If tradition is truly handed down from one generation to the next, at this moment I would be warm, indoors, nibbling little egg-and-olive crustless sandwiches, singing "Auld Lang Syne" with Guy Lombardo on the TV, and toasting the New Year with ginger ale, as if I were eight years old again.
2oz (60g) crustless granary bread, made into fresh crumbs
Chilled Gewurztraminer, Dover sole, mange-tour, buttered soft damp crustless bread.
With, I think, Lee Harvey Oswald's Mannlicher, I do not mean a Mannlicher but the Mannlicher, which I found under my chair, though I really noticed it only once I had it across my knees and saw that it was Lee's, I thought of shooting the Emerald City cossack for a tuna sandwich, crustless and about one inch by one inch and soft.