in the ballpark

in the ballpark

Fig. within certain boundaries; [of an estimate] close to what is expected. Your estimate is not even in the ballpark. Please try again.
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in the ballpark

Also, out of the ballpark.See under ballpark figure.
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in the ballpark

If someone or something is in the ballpark, their ideas, actions, or estimates are approximately right, although they are not exactly right. Note: A ballpark is a park or stadium where baseball is played. General manager J. P. Taylor received some offers, but none of them was in the ballpark. We estimate that a four-year undergraduate degree will cost in the ballpark of $57,000 by 2020. Doctor Adams pointed out that it cost about £5 — an underestimate, maybe, but in the right ballpark.
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in the ballpark

in a particular area or range. informal
The phrase originated in the USA, where a ballpark is a baseball ground.
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With the digital recording system, we can provide all of the stadium's decision makers with a clear view of the activity in the ballpark through the event command center monitors," Kawachi concludes.
The DAV section in the ballpark was nearly sold-out with more than 150 patients from the VA medical centers attending as our guests.
AEI's artists and technical experts created an animated fly-thru on DVD based on construction documents, delivering to viewers the virtual experience of being in the ballpark.
as your competitors, ignoring the fact that many households have multiple ``contestants,'' your odds are in the ballpark of being struck twice in the same place by lightning this year.
The new displays in the ballpark will be operated with the proven Daktronics Venus(R) 7000 control system and V-Link(R) video processors.
He explained that over 50% of the seats in the ballpark are in the lower level so fans will have closer proximity to the playing field.
Staff and fans can use a cell phone to make a call anywhere in the ballpark, from the main seating bowl to the interior concourses and the luxury suites.
World Series Baseball `98's" advanced AI technology means players must use actual baseball skill and strategy to win the pennant -- this is no walk in the ballpark.