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middle class

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmiddle classˌmiddle ˈclass ●●○ noun [singular] (also middle classes) 🔊 🔊 CLASS IN SOCIETYthe social class that includes people who are educated and work in professional jobs, for example teachers or managerslower class, upper class, working class 🔊 This led to the creation of a new, affluent middle class. 🔊 Home ownership was once a privilege of the middle classes.GRAMMAR: Singular or plural verb?Middle class is usually followed by a singular verb: Brazil’s middle class has grown in number.In British English, you can also use a plural verb: Brazil’s middle class have grown in number.
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middle classHowever, a middle class is growing.Now is when the downsized middle class is looking for protections that unions once provided.What matters is the expectations of the middle class.
middle-classˌmiddle-ˈclass ●●○ adjective 🔊 🔊 1 CLASS IN SOCIETYtypical of people who are educated and work in professional jobs 🔊 a middle-class family 🔊 They lived a comfortable middle-class life.2 CLASS IN SOCIETYmiddle-class attitudes and ideas are typical of middle-class people and are often concerned with the idea that people should work hard, have a good education, and try to earn enough money to live a comfortable life
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middle-classThe Klan has been trying to recruit a new type of kid: young, middle-class and white.She knew how much the pay packet meant to that middle-class family.The audience was mainly middle-class men.All the great middle-class moral reforms of the age had been achieved at the expense of pleasure and enjoyment.a middle-class neighborhoodThey live in a middle-class neighbourhood on the edge of town.I should add that these three incidents happened to intelligent, middle-class patients in hospitals with international reputations.Its members brought the same middle-class standards to black adoptions that they used for white adoptions.College is more expensive and more critical to middle-class status than in the past.a middle-class view of lifeMost of his patients were middle-class women who suffered from hysteria.The middle-class YCs had been far more serious at school than Willis' lads.
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