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ballpark figure

An approximate number; an estimate. Do you have a ballpark figure for the cost of the renovations? That's just a ballpark figure—they don't know exactly how many people will be attending the event.
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ballpark figure

Fig. an estimate; an off-the-cuff guess. I don't need an exact number. A ballpark figure will do.
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ballpark figure

An acceptable, roughly accurate approximation, as in I know you can't tell me the exact cost; just give me a ballpark figure. This term alludes to a baseball field, which is always an enclosed space. The expression is basically an extension of the somewhat earlier in the ballpark, meaning within a reasonable range, and out of the ballpark, beyond a reasonable range. [Slang; late 1960s]
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a ballpark figure

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a ballpark estimate

A ballpark figure or a ballpark estimate is an approximate figure or quantity. Note: A ballpark is a park or stadium where baseball is played. But what are we talking about here — a few thousand, millions, two bucks? Give me a ballpark figure. I think just in a ballpark estimate — about 60-40. Sixty would support, 40 percent would be opposed.
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a ˈballpark figure

a number which is approximately correct: I know we haven’t really discussed costs yet, but can you give me a ballpark figure?
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To get a ballpark figure, you add up the value of everything in the estate - including gifts made in the last 7 years before the person died - and take away any debts, like bills and funeral expenses.
The chairman talked about a 7 percent ballpark figure for unemployment.
We can say that the chance of any given corner not leading to a goal would be - a very rough ballpark figure - 44 out of 45.
He was pressed whether he could give a ballpark figure.
According to the PAC report, LOCOG's original ballpark figure for the number of security guards in and around the venues was 10,000, which is a 'finger in the air estimate.
I'd say pounds 7,000 is a ballpark figure, but it will certainly cost several thousand pounds.
Ballpark figure for four series of ITV2 reality shows and chat show with her ex-husband - pounds 1,500,000
Mathematicians can 'prove' almost anything if they put their minds to it, but that particular ballpark figure doesn't lie.
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Kassinis gave a ballpark figure of three to five years when asked one might expect actual drilling to commence in Cypriot waters.
2 million, and custodial overtime is budgeted for $798,000, which is just a ballpark figure, considering more than $1 million was spent on custodial overtime last year.
Harry Smith, a vice president of XGenesys, said the eventual cost to build enough long-term power line capacity is unknown, but he's heard a ballpark figure of $200 million.
Commercial director Joe Verdi said: "We are still putting a finance package together but pounds 150m would be a ballpark figure for the cost of the Anglesey development.
The current estimate is that 6% of the population is gay, but this is just a ballpark figure and could be completely out.
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