Upper ten
Upper Up"per, a.; comp. of {Up}. Being further up, literally or figuratively; higher in place, position, rank, dignity, or the like; superior; as, the upper lip; the upper side of a thing; the upper house of a legislature. [1913 Webster]

{The upper hand}, the superiority; the advantage. See {To have the upper hand}, under {Hand}. --Jowett (Thucyd.).

{Upper Bench} (Eng. Hist.), the name of the highest court of common law (formerly King's Bench) during the Commonwealth.

{Upper case}, the top one of a pair of compositor's cases. See the Note under 1st {Case}, n., 3.

{Upper covert} (Zo["o]l.), one of the coverts situated above the bases of the tail quills.

{Upper deck} (Naut.), the topmost deck of any vessel; the spar deck.

{Upper leather}, the leather for the vamps and quarters of shoes.

{Upper strake} (Naut.), the strake next to the deck, usually of hard wood, and heavier than the other strakes.

{Upper ten thousand}, or (abbreviated) {Upper ten}, the ten thousand, more or less, who are highest in position or wealth; the upper class; the aristocracy. [Colloq.]

{Upper topsail} (Naut.), the upper half of a double topsail.

{Upper works} (Naut.), all those parts of the hull of a vessel that are properly above water.

{Upper world}. (a) The atmosphere. (b) Heaven. (c) This world; the earth; -- in distinction from the {underworld}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Upper Ten — Up|per Ten 〈[ ʌ̣pə(r) tɛ̣n] Pl.; geh.〉 die oberen Zehntausend [<engl. upper ten (thousand) „die oberen Zehn(tausend)“] * * * Up|per|ten, (auch:) Up|per Ten [ ʌpə tɛn] <Pl.> [engl., gek. aus: upper ten thousand] (bildungsspr.): die oberen …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Upper ten thousand — Upper Up per, a.; comp. of {Up}. Being further up, literally or figuratively; higher in place, position, rank, dignity, or the like; superior; as, the upper lip; the upper side of a thing; the upper house of a legislature. [1913 Webster] {The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upper ten thousand — was a term used in the late 19th century to denote Britain s ruling elite; those rich and landed persons and families, titled and untitled, who were thought to control the vast majority of the country s political and financial system. This term… …   Wikipedia

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  • upper ten thousand — noun see upper ten * * * upper ten (thousand) noun The richest or most influential class • • • Main Entry: ↑up …   Useful english dictionary

  • Upper — Up per, a.; comp. of {Up}. Being further up, literally or figuratively; higher in place, position, rank, dignity, or the like; superior; as, the upper lip; the upper side of a thing; the upper house of a legislature. [1913 Webster] {The upper… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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