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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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Many restaurateurs fear that replacing tipping with either service charges or higher service-inclusive menu prices will increase the actual or perceived expensiveness of their restaurants and, thereby, reduce sales.
These points were called "point of marginal cheapness" and "point of marginal expensiveness" (van Westendorp 1976).
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The white-gleaming intelligence of Gaudier's studio [...] in comparison with the podgy and bulbous expensiveness of Schonbrun, the tawdry, gummy, adhesive costliness of the trappings of the bourgeois drawing-rooms of the period, had a meaning.
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Majority A's willingness to import concerns about the expansiveness and expensiveness of Congress's delegation into the deferential step-two analysis suggests that Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito may no longer be satisfied by any reasonable agency reading of ambiguous statutory language.
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Joy (2001) illustrates the relativity between the degree of expensiveness of the gift and the degree of the closeness of the relationship.
Given the increasing sophistication of defenses and the growing expensiveness (and thus smaller numbers) of traditional strike platforms, such as tactical aircraft, the answer to this problem will increasingly involve new kinds of missiles and other unmanned systems.