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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.


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)



1. to deliberately estimate a lower price for than one intends to charge.
2. to give a false estimate for.
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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On April 30, the Department of Finance mailed out hundreds of change by notice orders to property owners whose tax assessments who reportedly benefited from low-ball assessments.
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After an intensive two-week negotiating stint, during which McQuade and Sarles camped out at NatWest USA's New Jersey headquarters, Fleet won with a low-ball bid that used an innovative structure to skirt a thorny goodwill problem that otherwise would have been a deal-breaker.
All too often, insurance companies will stonewall and low-ball claims instead of doing the "right thing.
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In a statement, Labatt called the offer "unrealistically low" and said that it "appears to be a course designed to low-ball a bid and steal the company from our shareholders.
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