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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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Estimates and Judgment -- Estimates and judgment are inherent in the process of producing financial statements.
Whether your are submitting two estimates per week or 20, your responsibility as an estimator is to manage your time to ensure that "all bases are covered" and that the case (estimate) you present to the decision makers (judge) is accurate and complete to the best of your ability.
If the relative precision of the M&E statistical sample is 10 percent or smaller, based on the estimate of the amount of the expenses that are 100-percent deductible but were erroneously classified as subject to the 50-percent limitation, the revenue procedure allows the use of the point estimate rather than the lower limit.
A consequence of this inability to detect concurvity is that using the S-Plus standard error estimate to test the significance of a fitted linear parameter can result in inflated type I error.
The auditor also must understand GAAP requirements for the particular fair value estimate.
Portland, Oregon has studied the effects of overestimating emissions and realized the benefits of critically evaluating its emission estimates.
Since 1989, FAO has been working to update that global estimate.
The Wilderness Society inventory gave estimates of both "ancient forest," which contains some but not all of the old-growth characteristics identified in PNW-447, and "old-growth," which has a high probability of meeting all the criteria of PNW-447, including snags and down logs.
It is hoped that this type of disclosure will illustrate the sensitivity and uncertainty of the obligation estimate.
In this report, we show how to estimate the reproduction number in an ongoing epidemic, which will account for yet unobserved secondary cases.
For example, if a taxpayer is a new owner of a business and tracking down former employees is impossible, there would be no one from the base period to verify research activities and, most likely, information would be insufficient for making a reasonable estimate.
As a long-time participant in the demolition industry, I can recommend several techniques and tools that can help a contractor develop a helpful estimate for a project under consideration.
We identify sampling design characteristics under which daily time-series studies can be used to estimate the amount of life lost because of short-term exposure to environmental risk factors.