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ballpark

[bawl-pahrk] /ˈbɔlˌpɑrk/
noun
1.
a tract of land where ball games, especially baseball, are played.
2.
a baseball stadium.
adjective
3.
Informal. being an approximation, based on an educated guess:
Give me a ballpark figure on our total expenses for next year.
Idioms
4.
in the ballpark, Informal. within reasonable, acceptable, or expected limits:
The price may go up another $10, but that's still in the ballpark.
Also, ball park.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; ball1 + park
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British Dictionary definitions for ball-park

ballpark

/ˈbɔːlˌpɑːk/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a stadium used for baseball games
2.
(informal)
  1. approximate range in the right ballpark
  2. (as modifier) a ballpark figure
3.
(informal) a situation; state of affairs it's a whole new ballpark for him
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Word Origin and History for ball-park
ballpark
"baseball stadium," 1899, from (base)ball + park. Fig. sense of "acceptable range of approximation" first recorded 1960, originally referring to area within which a spacecraft was expected to return to earth; the reference is to broad but reasonably predictable dimensions.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ball-park

ballpark

noun

Claimed or designated special territory; turf: Aren't you a little out of your ballpark here?/ I've played mostly your game. But now we're in my park (1963+)

Related Terms

all over the map, in the ballpark


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