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be (a bit) on the expensive side

To be somewhat expensive. This intentionally vague phrase highlights the speaker's awareness of or hesitation about the cost of something. That car service is a bit on the expensive side. Can't we just take a taxi?
See also: expensive, on, side

be on the (something) side

To partially have some quality. An adjective precedes "side." The dress is beautiful, but it's just a little on the expensive side for me.
See also: on, side