ball-park

ballpark

[bawl-pahrk]
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, Americanism; ball1 + park

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ballpark (ˈbɔːlˌpɑːk)
 
n
1.  (US), (Canadian) a stadium used for baseball games
2.  informal
 a.  approximate range: in the right ballpark
 b.  (as modifier): a ballpark figure
3.  informal a situation; state of affairs: it's a whole new ballpark for him

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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.
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