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ballpark estimate

An approximate estimate. Mary contacted several plumbers to get a ballpark estimate of the cost to fix her leaky toilet.
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estimate the cost at (something)

To predict that something will cost a certain amount. Unfortunately, I would estimate the cost of these car repairs at $1,000.
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estimate the cost at

(some amount) to approximate the cost of something at a particular amount. I estimate the cost at about one hundred dollars. The cost of repairing the car was estimated at over four thousand dollars!
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a ballpark figure


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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Taxco does not have the capability of calculating its 1992 estimated tax payments on the basis of its 1991 lower taxable income.
However, in order to qualify for this refund, the estimated tax overpayment has to be at least (1) 10% of the expected income tax liability for the tax year and(2)$500.
Because these rules were issued subsequently to the original proposed corporate estimated tax regulations, there was uncertainty as to the interplay between these two sets of rules.
3) estimated that in 1993, [approximately equal to] 1,500,000 persons in the United States acquired Campylobacter infections from food sources.
When determining the estimated volume of material to be generated from the demolition of structures, the estimator must reference the volume and results of his organization's completed similar demolition projects and make necessary comparisons.
Since these are typically the highest dollar items, their exclusion from the denominator of the relative precision calculation makes the relative precision percentage higher than it would be if standard statistical procedures were followed and makes it much harder to achieve the 10 percent needed to avoid the penalty of taking the lower limit of the estimated deductible amount.
2002), increased concurvity in the data used to fit a semiparametric spatial GAM leads directly to increased downward bias in the estimated standard error of the fitted linear parameter and, consequently, to inflated type I error in the standard significance test of this effect.
The first is that regulations that shouldn't apply to a facility may become applicable because estimated air emission levels "triggered" a particular regulation.
In the past, an individual required to make quarterly estimated tax payments was protected by a safe harbor in Internal Revenue Code section 06654(d)(1)(B), which defined required annual payments as the lesser of the following:
A Department of Labor study estimated the liability for benefits promised to existing workers over the age of 40 at $98 billion.
Temporal patterns of R estimated after 5, 10, and 20 days were similar.
If AIRCs are compared to credits from the estimated base period, the taxpayer will probably find that the latter approach produces a greater result.
Under these conditions, the association between temporal variation in the environmental covariates and the survival experience of members of the dynamic population can be estimated by regressing the daily number of deaths on the daily value of the environmental covariates, as is done in time-series mortality studies.
In Young's study, most of the dietitians accurately estimated the calorie and fat content of a glass of milk: the average was within five calories of the actual calorie content.
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