One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1At a steep angle; sharply.‘the walls of the gorge rise steeply on both sides’‘the steeply sloping ocean floor’
- ‘The road meanders upward quite steeply from both valleys, offering spectacular views across most of the central fells.’
- ‘To the east lie the steeply terraced streets of the former cotton industry towns.’
- ‘A plywood wall unexpectedly fronts for a steeply inclined wedge.’
- ‘In front, the land dropped steeply away to the desert.’
- ‘We turn onto a narrow track steeply banked on either side by impenetrable thorn scrub.’
- 1.1 By a very large or sudden amount.‘prices rose steeply’‘steeply discounted rates’
- ‘It has emerged that financial support for the party has dropped off steeply.’
- ‘They want developing countries to cut their bounded tariff steeply and to bound the tariff of all products.’
- ‘Jackdaws and wood pigeon show little overall change, but numbers of skylark and grey partridge have declined steeply.’
- ‘The number of police officers is expected to increase steeply over the next few months.’
- ‘Cattle numbers have dropped steeply this week with the holiday period looming.’
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