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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Upper Ten Thousand or The Upper Ten.
The aristocracy. The term was first used by N. P. Willis, in speaking of the fashionables of New York, who at that time were not more than ten thousand in number.   1

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