Is this natural to say that something is changing sharply and steadily?

Prices have been climbing sharply and steadily.

In this sentence I want to say that prices increase sharply, not gradually. At the same time, prices increase without any interruptions, so I decided to add steadily. But I guess these to adverbs may conflict because steadily also means gradually according to dictionary.

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"Sharply" implies a change in the rate of increase:

prices rose sharply on Tuesday

Implies that the rate of increase on Tuesday suddenly changed.

Whereas "steadily" means the opposite: with no changes in the rate of increase. Thus the two are opposites.

Instead of "sharply and steadily" I propose "rapidly":

Prices have been climbing rapidly.

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