ballpark figure



Idiom Definition

"ballpark figure "

a ballpark figure is an estimate

 

Idiom Definition - ballpark figure

"to ballpark it" 

to give or make an estimate

 

"to be in the ballpark"

to be close to the actual reality of a situation

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - ballpark figure

Sam's car is not working. Sam cannot start his car. Sam has called a tow truck and the tow truck has taken the car to a garage. The mechanic at the garage has inspected Sam's car.

Sam:  Well, how bad is it?

Mechanic:  There are a lot of problems with your car, sir.

Sam:  How much will it cost to repair my car?

Mechanic:  That's hard to say until I start working on your car.

Sam:  Can you give me a ballpark figure?

Mechanic:  Depending on what I find, it could cost anywhere between $2,000 and $2,500.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - ballpark figure

Debbie has been working on a large and very important report at work. Debbie's boss came to visit Debbie in her office ...

Boss:  How are you doing with that big report, Debbie?

Debbie:  I'm making good progress on it.

Boss:  Do you know when you will be finished?

Debbie:  It is difficult to say.  There are so many factors involved and I am still waiting for other team members to submit their parts.

Boss:  I understand that you cannot give me a definite time but could you ballpark it for me?

Debbie:  The report should be finished sometime the week after next.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - ballpark figure - a ballpark figure is an estimate

Sam's car is not working.  Sam cannot start his car.  Sam has called a tow truck and the tow truck has taken the car to a garage.  The mechanic at the garage has inspected Sam's car.

Sam:   Well, how bad is it?

Mechanic:  There are a lot of problems with your car, sir.

Sam:  How much will it cost to repair my car?

Mechanic:  That's hard to say until I start working on your car.

Sam:  Do you think it will cost around $2,000 to fix it?

Mechanic:  Ya, that's in the ballpark.





ballpark figure - Usage:

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ballpark figure - Gerund Form:

Ballparking it can be a great way to give someone an estimate.


ballpark figure - Examples:

1)  I ballpark it when I am unsure of all the details.

2)  You ballpark it when you don't have accurate numbers.

3)  He ballparks it when he is not sure of the completion date.

4)  She ballparks it when she wants to give a rough approximation.

5)  It's a ballpark figure because it is not specific.

6)  We ballpark it when we don't know the finish date.

7)  You (all) ballpark it when you want to estimate a project cost.

8)  They ballpark it if they are required to give a range of information.

9)  As a ballpark figure, I think the government will be looking at around 15 billion more.

10)  Because of all the variables involved it isn't possible to suggest even a ballpark figure.

11)  The numbers are not yet finalized but the following is a ballpark figure.

12)  The Mortgage Repayment Calculator is intended just to provide a ballpark figure to allow you to get an idea of the costs of different interest rates.

13)  The union was therefore unable to advise freelancers on a ballpark figure to charge leaving new comers to the field at a major disadvantage.

14)  Do you think you could give a ballpark figure as to how much it would've cost to set this all up?

15)  The estimates presented at the seminar suggest a ballpark figure of $15 billion.

16) You can ballpark it by looking the Tax Policy Center's estimates for capping itemized deductions at $50,000. 

17) A new generation of Web sites can help you ballpark it

18) When we announce the market, I think you'll be able to ballpark it reasonably. 

19)  By routines I mean something in the ballpark of an algorithm.

20)  I wouldn't be surprised if it was in the ballpark of 30%.