North American • informal
- (Of an estimate, bid, etc.) deceptively or unrealistically low.More example sentences
- In June, they made lowball offers for the shares it doesn't own in each.
- While the original offer was a lowball bid, she figures the new one may be enough to get edgy investors already worried about consolidation to cash out.
- When the campaign's lowball estimate of how much it can collect for a primary race without opposition is $170 million, you're looking at the greatest political fundraising machine since Louis XIV dined alone.
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- Offer a deceptively or unrealistically low estimate, bid, etc. to: are you being lowballed by someone who hopes to make money on extras later?More example sentences
- Several property owners were lowballed, and court decisions increased their take.
- It was no surprise that other general managers lowballed him in trade talks.
- Sources close to Brown say he was lowballed when negotiations began, setting the table for what proved to be sour negotiations at times.
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- They're using lowballing as an excuse to justify their own failure to show.
- We'll need evidence to support the claims of progress and estimates, not just someone's word; we remember the administration's claims about weapons of mass destruction and its lowballing of the war's cost in money and troops.
- That session was my introduction to the ‘island scale,’ Hawaii's traditional policy of lowballing wave heights.
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