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lowball

[loh-bawl] /ˈloʊˌbɔl/
noun
1.
Cards. a game of draw poker in which the player having the lowest-ranking hand wins the pot.
verb (used with object)
2.
to deliberately estimate a lower price for (a service or merchandise) than one intends to charge:
to lowball the cost of a move.
3.
to give a false estimate or bid for.
verb (used without object)
4.
to engage in lowballing.
adjective
5.
engaged in or characteristic of lowballing:
a lowball bid.
Origin
low1 + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for low-ball

lowball

/ˈləʊˌbɔːl/
noun
1.
a game of poker in which the player with the lowest hand wins
2.
  1. a very low estimate or offer
  2. (as modifier): a lowball bid
verb
3.
(transitive) to make a very low estimate or offer for (a service, product, company, etc)
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Slang definitions & phrases for low-ball

low-ball

verb

To report as lower; reduce: Had Feldstein deliberately low-balled the original numbers?/ But he apparently lowballed the amount of money he gave Medlar


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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