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Re: Ballpark figure

Posted by R. Berg on January 25, 2002 at

In Reply to: Re: Wanna know the meaning of the phrase posted by Vivek on January 24, 2002

: : Wanna know the maning of the phrase " ballpark figure"

At first, people described rough numerical estimates as "in the ballpark." An estimate that's in the ballpark is somewhere in the vicinity of the real value, as a baseball that a batter hits too far, but not beyond the bleachers, is still in the ballpark. More recently such approximations became known as ballpark figures.