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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!
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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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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Among the objections received by Cardiff Council, reasons ranged from there being no alternative for people using their cars to the steepness of the price rise to the way the increases will impact on businesses.
There is no excuse for not being aware of the steepness of today's final climb, a really tough 2km slog to an airfield in the town of Mende, because it has become a regular port of call for the Tour since Laurent Jalabert first gave notice he could climb as well as sprint when landing the stage to today's finishing point in 1995.
A half-century of science has confirmed repeatedly that the steepness of logged slopes, the amount and type of road construction, the closeness of logging to waterfronts, and the intensity of both soil and canopy disturbance all govern how well our streams will be protected - or how severely they'll be degraded.
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A river's erosion downward and across a landscape is based on a variety of factors, including terrain steepness and the arrangement of tributaries.
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