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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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 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, "Shady Contracts, Raw Deals: Inside the Industry of Managing Video Game Stars," 14 Sep. 2020 Groups opposed to Putin have, since early in the crisis, insisted that the government is lowballing its coronavirus statistics. NBC News, "Official coronavirus death tolls are only an estimate, and that is a problem," 14 Apr. 2020 Teams will probably use his lack of size, midround draft selection and injury to lowball him. cleveland, "NFL free-agent defensive backs: Who the Browns could get if they spend a lot, a little or in between," 13 Mar. 2020 And to reiterate, scientists have traditionally lowballed the likely ice loss. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In Greenland’s ice, the world’s past, present and future," 21 Dec. 2019 In my view, lowballing the value of your house in order to punish your husband financially is not an appropriate approach. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Single mom should find friends kindergarten-style," 20 July 2019 While our country continues to recover from the carnage left by the Sacklers' greed, this family is now attempting to evade responsibility and lowball the millions of victims of the opioid crisis. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Purdue Pharma and attorneys for thousands of opioids cases have a preliminary proposed settlement," 11 Sep. 2019 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

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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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29 Sep 2020

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“Lowball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowball. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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