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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!
See also: bit, steep

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.
See also: bit, rather, steep

be ˈsteeped in something

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

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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The site, which enjoys panoramic views of the bay and the back of Table Mountain, slopes steeply down from the mountainside towards the beach some 300 m away.
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.
The hike passes through Joshua trees and creosote bushes on a slight incline, then climbs steeply up the rocky hill.
The Accademia, steeply rising above the Grand Canal, is one such landmark (a contemporary Venetian icon?
Dropout rates have steeply declined during the last 30 years, however, and high school dropouts now constitute only 8 percent of the U.
In August 2004, the client's growing business enabled TCC to take advantage of a soft market and secure 93,000 s/f of contiguous space at 3 Times Square, equipped with the most advanced infrastructure technologies and enough room to accommodate expected growth at a steeply discounted rate.
While the lobby is unalluring, the steeply raked auditorium, occupying the three stories below, has spectacular sightlines and superb acoustics.
Unfortunately, calcitriol--an injected form of vitamin D that physicians have been prescribing for more than 2 decades--sometimes causes calcium and phosphate concentrations in the blood to rise steeply, which can boost heart disease risk.
Cross the bridge from the car park and follow the lane steeply upwards above the fast-flowing Afon Anafon.
Seen close up, the illusionistic steps rose steeply, but as you moved away they appeared to flatten out, and from the far end of the gallery it seemed that the floor merely continued up a gentle slope beyond the room's confines.
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.
But remember, it's a volatile sector that can plunge just as steeply as it has skyrocketed, so keep the airsick bags handy.