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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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So, its also nice to get some ballpark figures, too, on some of the basic things we will need.
I know the ballpark figures in terms of what we'll have.
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But while the training venue was a ballpark, the 2nd CST doesnt work in ballpark figures, so they used the ALS to test the samples further.
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She said: "Any figures at the moment are ballpark figures.
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lthough the final declaration contains no ballpark figures for these volumes, the Czech Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Alexandr Vondra, said specific figures were raised during talks, adding that the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, was "very specific.
Ozawa only offered ballpark figures, leaving many vital details unclear.
For his part, the waiter couldn't recall prices for many of them, and could give us only ballpark figures.
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With only ballpark figures for the bubble's smallest radius and the timing of the flashes, and with indirect measurements of temperatures, there's not much experimental evidence to support any one hypothesis.