Fudge factor - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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Fig. a margin of error. I never use a fudge factor. I measure correctly, and I cut the material exactly the way I measured it. I built in a fudge factor of three percent.
fudge factor a figure which is included in a calculation in order to account for some unquantified but significant phenomenon or to ensure a desired result.
Fudge, apparently originating in the mid 18th century as an exclamation of disgust or irritation, later acquired a specific verbal sense in printers' jargon, meaning to ‘do work imperfectly or as best you can with the materials available’.
n. a margin of error. I never use a fudge factor. I measure correctly, and I cut the material exactly the way I measured it.
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He took their prices and added in a fudge factor
Based on a comparison of 2010 frozen food sales as reported by IRI and Nielsen (which counts Walmart), the fudge factor
for the megachain was 1.
You've got to develop a fudge factor
for that, and you do that by practicing in the wind as often as possible.
Top winners selected by food judges: Block Five Bistro Bar in Worcester, Girl Scout bread pudding; Mo's Fudge Factor
in Shelburne, Fudgelles (bite size truffle fudge balls); and Amanda Cooks
We find a similar use of this convenient fudge factor
in Daniel Cosgrove's argument that the latency period accounts for why nearly 90 percent of AIDS cases are still male in North America and Europe, despite changes in the definition of the syndrome aimed at including more women.
The fudge factors
might only be a few tenths of a percentage point.