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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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Current expenditure has been estimated to be higher than the revised estimates for FY14 by
6655-2(f)(2)(iv), in computing estimated tax payments, taxpayers would recognize a Sec.
In Figure 1B, the sample standard deviation in [beta] as a function of the concurvity coefficient is in contrast to the S-Plus estimate of the standard deviation of [beta], and indicates that the true (empirical) standard error of the estimate of [beta] increases substantially with increasing concurvity, whereas the estimated standard error produced by the S-Plus gam function is increased by comparatively little.
The revised emission factor and resultant emissions estimate of 24 tons/year represented a decrease in estimated VOC emissions of 67%, and savings of approximately $1525 per year in permitting fees.
They made estimated payments for any one of the preceding three taxable years (or were assessed a penalty for failure to pay estimated tax with respect to those years).
Commonly, in the analysis of time series, A(t) is estimated by the daily average of the concentrations observed at fixed-site ambient monitoring stations.
The porterhouse steak dinner contained 1,860 calories and 125 grams of fat, but the dietitians on average estimated 1,239 calories and 64 grams of fat.
Fields expressed surprise at TEI's testimony on the corporate estimated tax rules, observing that "we haven't [previously] heard much about the annualization rules.
Other variables, such as participant share and third-party recovery, also should be assessed to determine if there is a basis for delayed recognition or recording less than the gross estimated liability.
Because manufacturing and mining now include so many of the materials series, the Federal Reserve determined that the separate and independently estimated set of materials measures could be eliminated without significant loss of information.
The top 10 companies in the Japanese telecommunications industry in terms of estimated IT spending spent the largest portion of their IT budgets on hardware, a segment that accounted for about 28% of the IT budgets among these firms.
6654-5(a) provides guidelines for determining estimated tax.
Foodborne salmonellae are estimated to cause [approximately equal to] 1.
In the second stage of the analysis, the estimated city-specific regression slopes for the health-effect-versus-PM model are regressed against the estimated city-specific regression slopes for the confounder-versus-PM model.
Department of the Treasury, the chairs of the congressional tax-writing committees, and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation on two issues relating to foreign sales corporations (FSCS): (i) the requirement for Joint Committee review of FSC refund claims; and (ii) the effect of the estimated tax provisions on FSCS and their related suppliers.
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