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Encyclopedia > Upper Crust

Upper Crust is a chain of sandwich restaurants which specialises in baguettes. Mostly concentrated around London and along commuter routes, their outlets are commonplace in stations and terminals. Branches are also present in some Universities in the UK, including City University, London. An Italian sandwich. ... A typical restaurant in uptown Manhattan A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to be consumed on the premises. ... A baguette (French: stick) is a variety of bread distinguishable by its much greater length than width. ... City University, London, is a British university based at Northampton Square in Clerkenwell, London. ...


The chain is owned by the Compass Group. The British company Compass Group is one of the largest food service businesses in the world. ...


Regular definition

Upper crust also refers to people of the upper class.


External links

  • Official Site
  • SandwichGuide.co.uk Reviews Upper Crust Sandwiches

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Dear Word Detective: I was wondering about the etymology of "upper crust." In his book "Made in America, An Informal History of the English Language in the United States," Bill Bryson dates it to 1832 in the U.S. and says that it is related to currency.
The term "upper crust," referring literally to the upper portion of a loaf of bread, is indeed very old, dating back to at least 1460.
Subsequent instances of "upper crust" included its figurative use as a synonym for the surface of the earth (1555) and as slang for, believe it or not, a hat (1826).
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