lowball

verb low·ball \ ˈlō-ˌbȯl \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of lowball

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

lowball

noun

Examples of lowball in a Sentence

  1. It became clear that the contractor had lowballed us on the cost of materials.

  2. Management lowballed him in contract negotiations.

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First Known Use of lowball

1957

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LOWBALL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of lowball for English Language Learners

  • : 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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