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upper middle class Line breaks: upper mid¦dle class

Definition of upper middle class in English:


[treated as singular or plural]
The social group between the upper and the middle class made up of well-paid professionals, managers, and their families: the growth of white-collar employment has accounted for the expansion of the upper middle class the social pattern of marrying later in life had originally been confined to the upper middle classes
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  • Most people reading this review will be middle class, maybe upper middle class and you will be the ones who will have to live on a tiny £40,000 per year.
  • They were upper middle class or middle class in origin.
  • Meanwhile, to an increasing extent, wine is the beverage of choice of middle and upper middle class families in the Cape and in the inland areas around Johannesburg.


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Relating to the upper middle class: she seemed a typical product of her upper-middle-class background
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  • Socioeconomic status was not formally assessed, but school principals considered the participating schools to be located in middle-class to upper-middle-class neighbourhoods.
  • The march was a well-organized show of force by a segment of society that traditionally has not been activist: middle-class and upper-middle-class taxpayers.
  • Also, there is a preference for English-language use among middle-class and upper-middle-class adults.

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