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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

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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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Thus, the Forest Service estimates that nearly 3 million acres (68 percent) of the remaining old-growth would be protected with the HCAs, though 1.
It is important to work closely with actuaries in developing assumptions that reflect the best estimates of the obligations under the plans.
6654-6(a), NRAs have to use a filing status of either single or married filing separately in determining whether they are required to estimate tax, unless a Sec.
Uncertainty about the estimate ranged from 81,535 (5th percentile) to 276,500 illnesses (95th percentile).
1997, 2001), where community-specific estimates of effect are obtained from data in each community separately and then pooled among communities using random effects models (Burnett et al.
3) Four estimated tax payments would have to be made (for a calendar-year taxpayer) on April 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15, and a final estimate would have to be filed on the original due date of the return (March 15) at which time most large corporations also submit their extension requests; the final return would have to be filed six months later (on September 15).
Practitioners must determine which clients are affected by the new rules and make them aware of the revised calculations and the information necessary to compute accurate estimates.
The separate set of estimates for industrial materials has been eliminated, and many of its former components have been included in the new estimates for mining and the primary-processing component of manufacturing.
Administration officials have been careful to use the word "likely" in their statements on Soviet violations because all yield estimates are inexact.
Fior D'Italia did not dispute the IRS's facts, estimates or determinations, but simply challenged the Service's authority to use an aggregate estimate of tips for FICA tax purposes.
Consistent with the usual problems associated with model misspecification detailed in the regression literature (4) we anticipate that Z will also represent the effect of X and that we will recover estimates which in expectation should conform to
Their study provides more complete estimates than previous studies in terms of the number of foodborne pathogens included; for example, it includes the first realistic estimate of the number of cases of disease due to Norwalk-like caliciviruses.
Hence, in an April 1990 report, the IRS concluded that "the uncertainty concerning true tax liabilities is particularly unsatisfactory with respect to the estimates for large corporations.
Among the factors influencing estimates, some factors favored achieving reasonable estimates while others heightened uncertainty.
The report features 2010 current and 2011 forecast estimates on the size of the industry (sales, establishments, employment) nationally and for all 50 U.