ball + park
ballpark (plural ballparks)
- (US) A field, stadium or park where ball, especially baseball, is played.
- (US, figuratively) The general vicinity; somewhere close; a broad approximation.
- Let’s get in the ballpark, then worry about the fine details.
- 1990, Paul Simon, “The Obvious Child”, The Rhythm of the Saints, Warner Bros.,
- Some people say a lie is just a lie / But I say the cross is in the ballpark / Why deny the obvious, child?
ballpark (not comparable)
- Approximate; close; on the right order of magnitude.
1986, Darrell J. Steffensmeier, The Fence: In the Shadow of Two Worlds, ISBN 978-0847674954, page 104:
- These are ballpark prices: you could give or take a little either way.
ballpark (third-person singular simple present ballparks, present participle ballparking, simple past and past participle ballparked)
- To make a rough estimate of.
- If you don’t have the exact expense total, just ballpark it.