Careful Words

upper (n.)

upper (v.)

upper (adj.)

  At present there is no distinction among the upper ten thousand of the city.

Nathaniel P Willis (1817-1867): Necessity for a Promenade Drive.

  I want you to see Peel, Stanley, Graham, Sheil, Russell, Macaulay, Old Joe, and so on. They are all upper-crust here.

Thomas C Haliburton (1796-1865): Sam Slick In England. Chap. xxiv.