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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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Subsequent refinements were made, which resulted in significant decreases in estimated facility-wide air emissions.
Nationally, total losses were estimated at $3.8 billion, with the average value of property stolen at $483 per incident.
* The expenditure on Running of the Civil Government is estimated at Rs.
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Development schemes included street pavements at Noor Pur Shahan and adjoining Dhokes estimated cost Rs 56.000 million.
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A model where an estimated fair value can be calculated by plugging numbers into an equation.
Additionally, he or she can determine how well the estimated cost and production rates compare with the actual job cost and how well the rate of production estimated compared to actual production rate.
2003), and estimated levels of target contaminants for use in estimating exposure to the study population (Nyberg et al.
Last year the reported deficit was $375 billion; this year's acknowledged deficit will be an estimated $521 billion according to the Bush administration.
Sometimes these deviations are erroneously referred to as "corrections," however VIM 3.15 clearly defines corrections as the negative of the estimated systematic error which involves the "true" (not nominal) value associated with the measurand.
At a minimum, these supply-side effects should be estimated. Thus, even if not officially scored, they might influence policy choices.
On April 16, 1993, Tax Executives Institute sent the following comments to the Department of the Treasury concerning the corporate estimated tax rules of the Internal Revenue Code.
However, based on more detailed surveys of four national forests and previous inventories of the other eight, the Wilderness Society estimated that "old-growth" accounts for only two million acres of the ancient forest.
A Department of Labor study estimated the liability for benefits promised to existing workers over the age of 40 at $98 billion.
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