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the upper crust

Meaning: If you are one of the upper crust, you are a member of society's highest class.

For example:

  • If Laura was really part of the upper crust, she wouldn't need to borrow money all the time, would she?

  • Marge does a great imitation of an upper-crust "society queen". It's really funny, and her upper-crust accent is perfect.

Note: If used to modify a noun or a noun phrase, a hyphen should be added, as in "upper-crust party".

Quick Quiz:

Ralph wants people to think he's in the upper crust, so he
  1. wears expensive clothes
  2. uses public transport
  3. drives an old Honda

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