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be a bit steep
1. To be more expensive than was expected or is reasonable. Thirty bucks for two movie tickets and popcorn? That's a bit steep, don't you think?
2. To be 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.
be rather steep
1. To be more expensive than was expected or is reasonable. Thirty bucks for two movie tickets and popcorn? That's rather steep, don't you think?
2. To be unfair, untrue, or unreasonable. I just think it's rather steep for her to call me lazy, when she knows I've got a medical condition keeping me from working!
had rather (do something)
Would prefer to do something; would be more inclined or willing to do something. A less common variant of "would rather (do something)." I had rather not talk to you right now. I had rather go see a movie, to be honest, but we can go dancing if you like.
have (one's) rathers
To have one's choice or preference; to have things the way one would like them to be; to have one's way. Usually formulated as "if I had my rathers." Similar to the more common phrase "have one's druthers." I tell you, if I had my rathers, I'd spend the rest of my life living in Paris. If the president had his rathers, we'd be paying taxes for the privilege of breathing!
I'd rather face a firing squad than (do something)
I really do not want to (do something). A firing squad is a group of people assigned to execute someone by gunfire. The phrase hyperbolically implies that the speaker would rather face a gruesome death than do what is being discussed. I'd rather face a firing squad than do another presentation for the board. Last time, they found an error in my report and screamed at me for it.
rather (someone) than me
expression I'm glad that I don't have to experience what someone else has to do or go through. A: "My boss is making me come in this weekend to do an inventory of the entire store. It's going to take forever!" B: "Wow, rather you than me. I'm going to a baseball game this weekend!" My sister Janet has to work every day over the Christmas break—rather her than me.
Instead of; as opposed to; as an alternative to. Sometimes the preferred action is written between "rather" and "than." Rather than spending so much of our budget on advertising, I think we should invest a bit more in QA testing. When I go to the movies, I usually prefer candy rather than popcorn, but I'm in the mood for something salty tonight. He'd rather struggle and fail on his own than ask for help.
rather you than me
expression I'm glad that I don't have to experience what you just mentioned having to do or go through. A: "My boss is making me come in this weekend to do an inventory of the entire store. It's going to take forever!" B: "Wow, rather you than me. I'm going to a baseball game this weekend!"
sooner rather than later
As soon or quickly as possible; closer to now than a later time or date. I'd rather we have the meeting sooner rather than later so we can finalize the project details. Can we fill out that application tonight? I'd like to get it done sooner rather than later.
Would prefer (to do something); would be more inclined or willing (to do something). I would rather go see a movie, to be honest, but we can go dancing if you like. She said she would rather not talk to you right now.
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had rather do somethingand had sooner do something
prefer to do something. (The had is usually expressed as the contraction, 'd.) I'd rather go to town than sit here all evening. They'd rather not.
have one's rathersand have one's druthers (More informal with druthers.)
to have what one prefers; to have one's way. If I had my rathers, we'd go out every Friday night. I suspect that if Joe had his druthers, he'd be taking Mary to the dance instead of Jill.
I'd rather face a firing squad than do something
Fig. I would prefer to stand and be executed by gunfire than to do something. I'd rather face a firing squad than go shopping the day after Christmas.
would more willingly; would more readily. I would rather have an apple than a pear. I don't like pears. I'd rather live in the north than the south, because I like snow.
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Also, had sooner. Would prefer. For example, I had rather you let me do the driving, or He'd sooner switch than fight. This idiom today is often replaced by would rather. [Late 1500s] Also see just as soon.
Prefer to, as in We would rather eat dinner before the movie. [Mid-1500s]
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rather thaninstead of somebody/something: I think I’ll have a cold drink rather than coffee. ♢ Why didn’t you ask for help, rather than trying to do it on your own?
rather you, etc. than ˈme(also sooner you, etc. than ˈme) (especially British English) used for saying that you are pleased that you do not have to do a difficult or unpleasant thing: ‘She works every weekend.’ ‘Rather her than me.’
would rather... (than)would prefer to: She’d rather die than give a speech. ♢ ‘Do you want to come with us?’ ‘No, I’d rather not.’ ♢ Would you rather walk or go by car? ♢ ‘Do you mind if I smoke?’ ‘I’d rather you didn’t.’
ˌsooner rather than ˈlaterafter a short time rather than after a long time: We urged them to sort out the problem sooner rather than later.
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.
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