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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 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!
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be a bit steep

1. To be 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. 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!
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be rather steep

1. To be more expensive than expected. Thirty bucks for two movie tickets and an order of 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!
See also: rather, steep

be steeped in (something)

To possess or display a certain characteristic. Every activity at this school is steeped in tradition.
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steep in

1. Literally, to soak something in some substance in order to imbue something into or draw something out of it. A noun or pronoun is used between "steep" and "in"; often used in passive constructions. You can steep tea leaves in cold water and still extract the same flavor, but it works much quicker with hot water. The cloth is steeped in a special mixture of chemicals that give is a softness similar to silk.
2. To expose someone or something to or immerse them or it in a particular experience or situation in order to be saturated or imbued with some property. A noun or pronoun is used between "steep" and "in"; often used in passive constructions. My parents made an especial effort to steep my sibling and me in a wide range of cultural and educational influences from a very young age. As the leading university of our country for over 300 years, this school is steeped in history and tradition.
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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.
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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.
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be ˈsteeped in something

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

v.
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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steep

mod. [of a price] high; expensive. Their prices are pretty steep, but their goods are of high quality.
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The proximate analysis (Table 2) showed little increase in the protein contents, which could be attributed to the fact that steeping could affect the total dry matter contents, hence increased protein content may be projected.
The variety, treatment and the steeping time all effected the tannin content significantly (P<0.
The reduction of tannin contents with water steeping were 0.
Conclusion: Steeping sorghum grain in water, NaOH and formaldehyde resulted in lower tannin contents.
Teapots are the traditional vessels utilized for steeping tea; however, there are many different types of teapots available and each requires a slightly different tea-brewing method.
By using an infuser, the employee can ensure that the leaves have been steeped the proper amount of time, rather than passing the customers hot water and a tea bag and leaving the steeping time up to them.
The most efficient ones are larger than two inches in diameter to allow for expansion of the leaves during steeping.
The customer may then easily discard the filter and the tea once steeping is complete.
To facilitate attainment of the required water temperature necessary for steeping, try to have at least two hot-water sources, each with a different temperature--one to brew green and oolong teas and the other, black and herbal teas.
The Steepware line currently includes the Automatic Teapot, Steeping Mug, and Steeping Cup.
Not only is Revolution Tea recognized by its T-Box Revolution single serving boxes, but it has earned accolades for its Infuser Bags(TM) which create the ultimate and convenient steeping process.