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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 [expensive/heavy/large etc.] side

to be a little too expensive, heavy, large etc. It's a really good restaurant - it's on the expensive side, mind. I really like the table but I think it's a bit on the large side for our room.
See also: on, side