low·​ball | \ ˈlō-ˌbȯl How to pronounce lowball (audio) \
lowballed; lowballing; lowballs

Definition of lowball

transitive verb

1 : to give (a customer) a deceptively low price or cost estimate
2 : to give a markedly or unfairly low offer lowballed him in contract negotiations

Other Words from lowball

lowball noun

Examples of lowball in a Sentence

It became clear that the contractor had lowballed us on the cost of materials. Management lowballed him in contract negotiations.
Recent Examples on the Web Critics of the voluntary deal say Trump’s definition of earnings is unclear and gave the president plenty of room to lowball the figure. Time, 8 Oct. 2021 Intel could opt to match AMD and Nvidia-comparable GPUs, or Intel could lowball it, effectively dropping a pricing grenade on AMD and Nvidia. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 19 Aug. 2021 In 2019, a system used on millions of patients to prioritize access to special care for people with complex needs was found to lowball the needs of Black patients compared to white patients. Tom Simonite, Wired, 21 June 2021 Babuk even posted conversations between itself and the department, in which the latter apparently tried to lowball the crew with a $100,000 ransom offer. Thomas Brewster, Forbes, 12 May 2021 To put it another way, now isn’t the time to lowball an offer. Brittany Anas, House Beautiful, 5 Mar. 2021 Without the business know-how to haggle, gaming content creators tended to lowball or ask for essentially random numbers, as did their friend-of-friend managers. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 14 Sep. 2020 Groups opposed to Putin have, since early in the crisis, insisted that the government is lowballing its coronavirus statistics. NBC News, 14 Apr. 2020 Teams will probably use his lack of size, midround draft selection and injury to lowball him. cleveland, 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of lowball

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Oct 2021

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“Lowball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowball. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lowball

: to trick or deceive (someone) by saying that the price or cost of something is lower than it really is
: to give a very low or unfairly low offer to (someone)


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