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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, typically a negative one. An adjective precedes "side." The dress is beautiful, but it's just a little on the expensive side for me. A: "Do you like what you ordered?" B: "It's good, just a little on the salty side."
See also: on, side

have expensive taste(s)

To be purchase or be interested in things that cost a lot of money; to have extravagant preferences. A: "I can't seem to stop buying designer clothes and eating at the best restaurants." B: "You have expensive taste, which would be fine if you made more money at your job." I hear he has expensive tastes, so if you're going to date him, be sure you've got some disposable income.
See also: expensive, have
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