# ballpark figure

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## ballpark figure

An approximate number; an estimate. Do you have a ballpark figure for the cost of the renovations? That's just a ballpark figure—they don't know exactly how many people will be attending the event.

## ballpark figure

Fig. an estimate; an off-the-cuff guess. I don't need an exact number. A ballpark figure will do.

## ballpark figure

An acceptable, roughly accurate approximation, as in I know you can't tell me the exact cost; just give me a ballpark figure. This term alludes to a baseball field, which is always an enclosed space. The expression is basically an extension of the somewhat earlier in the ballpark, meaning within a reasonable range, and out of the ballpark, beyond a reasonable range. [Slang; late 1960s]

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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.

## 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?

## ballpark figure, a

A roughly accurate estimate, an educated guess. Coming from baseball, this expression rests in turn on in the ballpark, meaning within certain limits. Although both are generally applied to numerical estimates, neither appears to have anything to do with baseball scores.
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Estimates of the number of homeless people in Windsor vary but a few hundred seems to be the ballpark figure.
And though he declined to say how much his couture wedding dresses cost, one can give the ballpark figure upon seeing his client list.
Struggling to determine an answer, "50 years" has typically been the ballpark figure--the trouble is, that's been the ballpark figure for the past five decades.
He added: "I think that the House is entitled to - and the country is entitled to - at least the ballpark figure for what is required for the banks out of this EUR85billion.
In its twice-yearly Global Financial Stability Report, the Washington-based institution said the ballpark figure for the four-year period ending in 2010 is down from the \$4 trillion estimate in the previous report released in April.
Malloy said the ballpark figure for the pump station and force main would be \$2 million, he said.
His agent Russ James said: "It looks like a broken collarbone and the ballpark figure is for between three and four weeks off if it's a clean break.
I think it demonstrates, too, that pounds 5 is affordable and should now be looked upon as the ballpark figure for the basic minimum wage.
Caber, however, could not give the ballpark figure on the number of the tampered rifles, though he was sure that it was more than half of the recovered firearms.
When Newcastle agreed to sell Milner for pounds 12m they couldn't have foreseen that the decision could end up costing them pounds 100m in total - the ballpark figure for losing top flight status.
They estimated that with increased sponsorship, TV revenue, gate receipts and player value, the ballpark figure was just short of pounds 70million.
Just like the London Blues, it has had a substantial cash injection, although the ballpark figure is unlikely near the investment of a Russian tycoon.
It may sound a little unromantic but your man will be thankful he knows the ballpark figure.
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