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It had dismal corridors, and steeper stairways than even the abbé's.

By mid-morning the bed of the cañon had become much rougher and steeper.

But, as Carmena remarked, the steeper the grade the sooner it was ended.

The steeper the descent, the faster, of course, we could go.

At the edge of the steeper climb to come they stopped, breathing fast.

After more trees, and a steeper ascent, Jim said, "You'll get a view now."

As the water shoaled, the sea, of course, got shorter and steeper.

It was therefore decided that the steeper slopes should be attempted.

He said he used to slide down a hill that was steeper than a church steeple.

On the east side a stairway, steeper than that of Chichen, ascends to the top.

WORD ORIGIN

"having a sharp slope," Old English steap "high, lofty," from Proto-Germanic *staupaz (cf. Old Frisian stap, Middle High German *stouf), from PIE *steup- "to push, stick, knock, beat," with derivations referring to projecting objects (cf. Greek typtein "to strike," typos "a blow, mold, die;" Sanskrit tup- "harm," tundate "pushes, stabs;" Gothic stautan "push;" Old Norse stuttr "short"). The sense of "precipitous" is from c.1200. The slang sense "at a high price" is a U.S. coinage first attested 1856. Related: Steeply; steepness.

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