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in the neighborhood of (some amount)
Approximately some amount; close to some amount. We're going to have to spend in the neighborhood of $20,000 for this renovation.
In baseball, a play in which a fielder forces an out on a runner by simply getting close to ("in the neighborhood of") second base without actually touching it. Neighborhood plays would often happen to avoid a collision between the runner and the infielder, though they don't allow it anymore.
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(somewhere) in the neighborhood of something
Fig. approximately a particular amount or measurement. I take somewhere in the neighborhood of ten pills a day for my various ailments. My rent is in the neighborhood of $700 per month.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
in the neighborhood of
Also, in the region of. Approximately, about, as in They paid in the neighborhood of a million dollars, or I don't know exactly what the exchange rate is-somewhere in the region of 95 yen to the dollar . The first expression dates from the mid-1800s, the variant from the mid-1900s.
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