Upper Crust

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Upper class, high level of society, highest social position


  • This idiom originated in the start of 19th century. The objective meaning came from the upper crust of the loaf that is considered the best and tastiest. The expression “upper crust” was used to refer to people that belong to the elite of the society. They are usually considered the most intellectual, economic and social stability.

James pretends to belong to the upper crust, but he is often penniless.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Upper Crust':

upper crustThe social elite.
upper crustThe topmost layer of a bread, pastry dish, or other item with a hardened coating.
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