in the ballpark

in the ballpark

Close to something specific, often a cost or amount. I will only sell the house if the buyer's offer is in the ballpark of the price I want to get. No, the salary isn't as high as I had hoped, but I accepted it because it's in the ballpark at least.
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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 prevalence of music in the ballpark experience, spectators may be brought back to high school, college, and other periods of their lives at the sound of music.
The Cubs will renumber every seat in the ballpark, going from a system of aisle/row/seat to section/row/seat.
Dimensions, Fence Heights, and Outfield Distances Dimensions (All Calculated from Park Diagram) Years LF SLF LC CF RC SRF RF 1901-08 340 352 392 396 * 323 290 280 LF: Left Field SLF: Straightaway Left Field LC: Left Center CF: Center Field RC: Right Center SRF: Straightaway Right Field RF: Right Field * Deepest point in the ballpark was 440 at the CF corner located to the left of dead CF Fence Heights (Estimated from Photos) Years LF CF RF 1901-08 8 8-11 * 8 * The 11 foot height was only the scoreboard in right-center field.
The team also announced that it is forming a not-for-profit called the Preserve Fenway Park Fund, which will raise money to preserve and display historic artifacts in the ballpark. The team has already documented and preserved more than 4,000 items, including photos, architectural plans, baseballs and ballpark memorabilia including chairs, signs, tickets, lineup cards, bases and championship pennants.
"On game days, personnel in the ballpark's event-management center above center field use a secondary command center with its own monitors and camera-controlling joysticks for surveillance of the stadium's interior," he adds.
But it is very difficult to compete well unless one is "in the ballpark" on most of the issues that customers consider.
The DAV section in the ballpark was nearly sold-out with more than 150 patients from the VA medical centers attending as our guests.
To help create more traffic in the ballpark, on-site registration was held there.