a ballpark figure | a ballpark estimate
This page is about the idiom a ballpark figure | a ballpark estimate
If you give a ballpark figure or a ballpark estimate, you give a number which you think is fairly close to the actual one.
- We don't know the exact cost, but a ballpark figure would be around six million dollars.
- I know you can't tell me exactly when it'll be finished, but can you give me a ballpark estimate?
Origin: From baseball, and probably having a history similar to that of the idiom "in the same ballpark" which means "approximately the same amount".
This idiom is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
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Contributor: Matt Errey