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tr.v. low·balled, low·bal·ling, low·balls Informal
To underestimate or understate (a cost) deliberately: "I get hopping mad every time I see a politician lowballing the cost of his latest healthcare boondoggle" (Megan McArdle).

[From the card game of the same name.]

low′ball′ adj.
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1. (Card Games) a game of poker in which the player with the lowest hand wins
2. (Commerce)
a. a very low estimate or offer
b. (as modifier): a lowball bid.
(Commerce) (tr) to make a very low estimate or offer for (a service, product, company, etc)
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1. to deliberately estimate a lower price for than one intends to charge.
2. to give a false estimate for.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.lowball - make a deliberately low estimatelowball - make a deliberately low estimate; "The construction company wanted the contract badly and lowballed"
estimate, gauge, approximate, guess, judge - judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
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And that became 3-0 after the break when a low ball in found another former Emley man in Gregg Porter who got enough of a connection to beat Clarke.
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Two minutes later Che Adams won a free-kick to the right of the home area but when a low ball from Jota found the Birmingham striker his shot was comfortable for Marek Rodak.
It became 3-0 in the 58th minute when the Pitmen were unable to clear their lines and a low ball back across the box found Briggs who prodded home from six yards out.
But after struggling to create anything in the opening period of the game, Chester duly opened the scoring two minutes after the break when a low ball in from Matt Waters was turned in by Ben McKenna.
Substitute Abdulaziz Rashid al-Ansari found the Romanian with a low ball from inside the Al Gharafa box and the latter easily slotted the ball into the net.
Jake Robinson's low ball sailed across the six-yard area and, with the defence static, Jack Powell tapped in.
With 11 minutes left Jonathan Levi's low ball across was guided in at the far post by Issam Jebali for the hosts' consolation goal.
Al Shahania's Argentinian striker Vazquez Luciano drilled a low ball from the edge of the Al Rayyan box as early as the fourth minute, but his shot was quickly snapped up by keeper Omar Barry in what was the first serious attempt by the visitors.
On 77 minutes, a great counter attack led by Vassallo, found Hughes and his low ball to the back post was diverted home by Amis.