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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!
See also: bit, steep

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!
See also: bit, steep

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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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.
See also: little, steep

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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Inflation has fallen steeply in December as fuel prices dropped and retailers discounted goods, allowing the Bank of England more leeway to ease policy further.
Many people are experiencing long spells of unemployment and long-term unemployment is rising steeply.
The path descends steeply to the inlet of Porth Llanlleiana down some concrete steps.
Investigators with the board believe the passenger who was hoping for flight training was allowed to sit in the cockpit and he operated the control stick too steeply, causing the rotor to deflect and cut the tail, the sources said.
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As at March 3, diesel had risen steeply to an average of Euro 350.
The mixed news is, prices for OCC are forecast to climb steeply this year, possibly exceeding the price for virgin softwood pulp by 2003.
A report from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has described how a Comair Embraer-120 propeller aircraft rolled and dived steeply during a flight from Nassau, Bahamas to Orlando, Florida on 19 March.
The rate of fetal loss due to spontaneous abortion, ectopic pregnancy, and stillbirth rises steeply with increasing maternal age, regardless of the woman's reproductive history said Dr.
But remember, it's a volatile sector that can plunge just as steeply as it has skyrocketed, so keep the airsick bags handy.
Data that shows that in North Dakota, which has no registration barriers because it has no personal registration, the decline in voter participation in the last decade has been substantially greater than that of the nation as a whole, and that in Wisconsin and Minnesota, after an initial surge in voter participation following the adoption of election day registration in those states, voter participation has been declining more steeply than in the rest of the nation.
Japan's stubbornly low birth rate has continued to decline steeply, at a much faster rate than the Japanese government had anticipated.
Lending to households and companies has fallen steeply since the credit crunch first struck, with firms anticipating a further tightening in the availability of credit during the first three months of 2009, according to the Bank of England's quarterly credit conditions survey.
The hike passes through Joshua trees and creosote bushes on a slight incline, then climbs steeply up the rocky hill.
The solution was to clear the additions and to go down, blasting out the Manhattan schist to a depth of 18 metres to accommodate three levels of storage vaults, and a steeply raked auditorium.