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

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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.

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In my view, lowballing the value of your house to punish your husband financially is not an appropriate approach. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Single mom should consider a canine pal," 20 July 2019 This move screams panic after the Hornets lowballed Walker and let Lamb walk. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Hornets Hit Panic Button in Acquiring Terry Rozier From Celtics," 30 June 2019 And European and Alstom officials stymied GE’s attempts to review the company’s order book: a black box of immeasurable risk since the French company had been lowballing bids just to keep sales coming in. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 This is why the IRS requires families taking advantage of GRATs to submit independent appraisals and threatens penalties for those who lowball valuations. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Its actual earnings could be even higher since Sony has traditionally lowballed its profit guidance. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Sony Is Playing the Game Better Than Nintendo," 30 Oct. 2018 This result was achieved by lowballing all seven buildings. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 While closed databases like Option Impact can be used to ensure fair pay, they can likewise be employed to lowball less-savvy recruits, says David Burkus, an associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. Rachel Nuwer, WIRED, "Silicon Valley’s Exclusive Salary Database," 1 July 2018 This crew defiantly made cuts and lowballed the $2.4 billion corrections budget by $79 million. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "21 Floridians a day die from drugs while legislators cut treatment," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of lowball

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lowball was in 1957

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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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not constant or steady

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