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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.


the practice of offering a customer a deceptively low price
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Arqaam also said it doesn't expect the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency to fine any banks as a result of its request that lenders stop lowballing interbank rate submissions.
He said the nuclear negotiations with the G5+1 are progressing well, but "they are lowballing with regard to certain issues that we had agreed on.
As a result, the FSA did not respond rapidly to clues that lowballing might be occurring.
They ought "to stop lowballing expectations for our kids," he said, adding that "the solution to low test scores is not lowering standards--it's tougher, clearer standards.
By lowballing the possible temperature increase, the IPCC reduced the estimate of sea-level rise by six inches, Rahmstorf calculates.
That lowballing, in turn, "is often destructive to local markets and depresses the value and equity of [lender-owned] properties.
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.
The difference is substantial in that commitment models imply price highballing over time while no-commitment models indicate price lowballing.
NEW YORK -- Drug chains should be wary of lowballing prices on convenience food and beverages in the effort to compete with other trade classes, according to three chain drug retailers who were asked about the practice.
Lowballing a bit, he says, "We've got, what, 50 percent of the market, but I think our natural market is closer to 80 percent, and the reason we don't have that other 30 percent is we're not allowed to ship to people that other countries are shipping to.
Antle (1984) and works on management advisory services (Dopuch and King 1991), lowballing (DeAngelo 1981a; SS; Dopuch and King 1996, CSS), mandatory rotation (Dopuch et al.
We've been arguing in motions against insurers' lowballing and making insureds jump through hoops to obtain policy benefits for the past 15 years.