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lowball Line breaks: low|ball
Pronunciation: /ˈləʊbɔːl/

Definition of lowball in English:


1A ball pitched so as to pass over the plate below the level of the batter’s knees.
Example sentences
  • Ted was basically a dead lowball hitter when he came into the league and didn't hit the high fastball too well.
  • A dead lowball hitter with a loop in his swing, Lankford this season has been swinging at too many pitches up in the zone.
1.1 [as modifier] North American informal (Of an estimate, bid, etc.) deceptively or unrealistically low.
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.


[with object] North American informal Back to top  
Offer a deceptively or unrealistically low bid or estimate 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.

Words that rhyme with lowball

no-ball, snowball
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