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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!
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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

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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Steeping time varies depending on the species you have.
If it's not cooked, return it to the water for more steeping.
The Steepware line currently includes the Automatic Teapot, Steeping Mug, and Steeping Cup.
This new category of housewares, dedicated exclusively to steeping tea, combines the beauty of ancient tea traditions with modern design and innovation.
The TeaSpot's TeaMate is a simple and convenient tea brewer based on a traditional Asian vessel used for steeping loose-leaf teas.
After steeping for 60 seconds the brewing process continues until the desired number of cups has been reached.
Revolution Tea has been a leading force for innovation since its inception when founder and CEO Larry DeAngelis revolutionized the tea industry with a unique brewing system for a see-through full-leaf tea bag, called the Infuser Bag, which replicates the process used in tea balls and teapots - full steeping of the loose-leaf tea, fruits, herbs, spices and natural flavorings to bring out the best possible flavor.