judgment call

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judgment call

1. A subjective decision made based on one's own experience or viewpoint. Because of the impending snowstorm, it was a judgment call whether I should attempt driving to work.
2. In sports, a decision made by a game official based on what they have seen take place. The decision to issue the team a penalty was definitely a judgment call by the referee.
See also: call, judgment
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The senator noted that the action taken by the policeman behind the wheel was his own judgement call.
EASTENDERS BBC1, 8pm SHARON is on a mission to help Phil, but she makes a bad judgement call.
You're looking at League One, scoring goals there but you have to make a judgement call on whether you feel they can step up.
First and foremost, he clearly didn't believe that Mata was good enough to play for Chelsea - and he has backed that judgement call by selling him.
Gillard said Craig Thomson strongly denied the allegations against him and was entitled to the presumption of innocence but she had made a judgement call based on respect for parliament.
Plaid Cymru Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones said: "This was a bad judgement call by the BBC and I'm glad that they have now apologised.
In the same way that Sir Terry has made great judgement calls through his career, he has left Tesco with a final great judgement call," he said.
Director James Cole said: "Many people have just come back from their summer holiday feeling refreshed and in a better position to make an important judgement call.
It's a judgement call, but I think it went against Richards because the man in possession must take some responsibility for holding onto the football.
Alan said: "I am hoping there won't be a need for a third camp, but with conditions already threatening the lives of those around me I need to make a sound judgement call when the time comes.
Party nominations for the 108 seats are due to close on Tuesday week, May 6, leaving Mr Blair and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern under intense pressure to make some sort of judgement call on the election, possibly no later than tomorrow.
The ability to make a high pressure judgement call is something every leader - ever person, really - wishes they could improve.
Marriner got a judgement call wrong - but it was an honest judgement call.
But a BBC spokesman said: "The Match of the Day 2 team made a judgement call and decided that it would be inappropriate to have Gordon Brown as a guest on the show in the run-up to a general election.
AT last a health minister listening and making a wise political judgement call on the concerns of people in Wales in respect to access to drugs and therapies being denied them on the principle of finance.