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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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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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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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Bake crusts in a preheated 325-degree oven about 30 minutes, or until golden brown and firm to touch.
Write to the Rustic Crust Company at 31 Barnstead Road, Pittsfield, NH 03263, or call their offices at (603) 435-5119.
This means 35% of mothers cut the crusts off their children's sandwiches wasting up to 45% of the loaf, the research showed.
It was developed under the codename Project Curly - a reference to the myth that eating crusts makes hair curly.
Anyone who's made a pie crust knows that it's tough to get a flaky texture without solid fats like butter, lard, or shortening.
Nasal endoscopy confirmed the saddle-nose deformity and the subtotal perforation of the nasal septum, and it detected an almost complete obstruction of the nasal cavities by large fetid, yellowish and brownish crusts (figure, A).
Rich's[R] Della Suprema[R] pizza crusts delivers the pizza solutions that can grow your business and thin down your pizzas with ease.
Stateside are one of the largest suppliers of cheese-filled crusts as well as special recipe crusts and fully topped pizzas.
They have studied the calcite and other crusts by analyzing the ratio of two different oxygen isotopes in the minerals.
The longevity of the pictographs may be due to the naturally occurring crusts that form on the back wall of the dry rock shelters and cover the paintings.
Despite widespread expectations to the contrary, the surveys proved that continental and oceanic crusts are fundamentally different.
Start with a ready-to-use crust such as Pillsbury[R] Refrigerated Pie Crusts to save time in the kitchen and get a flaky, tender crust.
national brand of natural prepared, ready-made pizza crusts.
The brother-sister author duo, in this, their second cookbook, rely on many readily available, convenient and time-saving supermarket ingredients like caramel sauce, frozen puff pastry, cake mixes, tea and coffee mixes, ladyfingers, blood orange juice, chocolate-cookie pie crusts, self-rising flour, sweetened condensed milk, graham cracker crumbs, jams, ice creams, sorbets, frozen berries and more to turn out some terrific-sounding creations.
The Hovis Invisible Crust was developed after research for the company showed that two thirds of children don't like crusts.