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it's/that's a bit steep

1. That's a bit more expensive than expected. Thirty bucks for two movie tickets and an order of popcorn? That's a bit steep, don't you think?
2. That's rather unfair, untrue, or unreasonable. I just think it's a bit steep for her to call me lazy, when she knows I've got a medical condition keeping me from working!
See also: bit, steep

little steep

 and little pricey
Fig. relatively expensive; costing more than one wants to pay. The food here is a little pricey, but you get a lot of it.
See also: little, steep

steep someone in something

Fig. to immerse someone in some kind of knowledge or other experience; to saturate someone with some kind of experience or training. (Fig. on steep something in something.) Her parents steeped her in good literature and music. she steeped herself in the legends of her people.
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steep something in something

to soak something in a liquid. I steeped the shirt in red dye. You have to steep these herbs in steamy hot water for five minutes.
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be a bit/rather ˈsteep

(informal) (of a price or a request) be too much; be unreasonable: €6? That seems a bit steep for a small piece of cheese.It’s a bit steep to expect us to work longer hours for no extra money.
See also: bit, rather, steep

be ˈsteeped in something

(written) have a lot of a particular quality: This is a city steeped in history.
See also: something, steep

steep in

To expose someone or something to something else in order to imbue some quality: The teacher steeped the students in classic literature. The university is steeped in tradition.
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mod. [of a price] high; expensive. Their prices are pretty steep, but their goods are of high quality.
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