Definition of lowball in US English:



  • 1A ball pitched so as to pass over the plate below the level of the batter's knees.

    • ‘Ted was basically a dead lowball hitter when he came into the league and didn't hit the high fastball too well.’
    • ‘A dead lowball hitter with a loop in his swing, Lankford this season has been swinging at too many pitches up in the zone.’
    1. 1.1North American informal as modifier (of an estimate, bid, etc.) deceptively or unrealistically low.
      • ‘This action helps purge lowball quotes or quotes that are mistakes, reducing the chance that facility executives will wind up with a contractor who cannot do the job correctly for the bid amount.’
      • ‘He got on the phone recently to counter a lowball offer.’
      • ‘My father and I took a gamble and made a lowball offer - tens of thousands less than the original asking price - with the idea that I could afford monthly payments myself.’
      • ‘When the campaign's lowball estimate of how much it can collect for a primary race without opposition is $170 million, you're looking at the greatest political fundraising machine since Louis XIV dined alone.’
      • ‘Are real estate agents encouraging lowball offers, because their take doesn't change much and they just want to make a deal?’
      • ‘And despite the fact that even that number is obviously a lowball figure, he refuses to speculate further.’
      • ‘So much for phony lowball estimates, which all governments dangle to keep the rubes quiet.’
      • ‘In this case, because of the lowball assessments favouring the developer, our experts says that the EIA was neither independent nor fair.’
      • ‘There are a lot more proteins than there are genes (a lot more, given the surprisingly lowball figure for the total size of the human genome), and the number of protein activities is several times larger than that.’
      • ‘That year, the producers sadly underestimated WGA resolve and gave us a lowball offer, figuring we'd either grab it or that a strike would collapse quickly.’
      • ‘As an expat American in the UK I get confronted with the lowball figures all the time.’
      • ‘Seattle got a couple of lowball offers for Allen but never was close to dealing him.’
      • ‘While the original offer was a lowball bid, she figures the new one may be enough to get edgy investors already worried about consolidation to cash out.’
      • ‘Did he feel the $1.5 million annual salary was a lowball offer?’
      • ‘I guess we should also be talking about the lowball quote.’
      • ‘When it comes to the NFL, a six-year, $37.8 million deal with a signing bonus of $15.5 million somehow qualifies as a lowball offer when you compare it to some of the other monstrous contracts that have been signed in recent months.’
      • ‘They became popular after a Delaware court found a board of directors negligent in 1985 for approving in two hours the sale of a company at a lowball price.’
      • ‘If you're one buyer who was reeled-in by a lowball price tag, you're probably experiencing regrets.’
      • ‘Sure, management traditionally says such defense mechanisms are designed to foil a lowball tender offer.’
      • ‘In June, they made lowball offers for the shares it doesn't own in each.’


[with object]North American
  • Offer a deceptively or unrealistically low estimate, bid, etc. to.

    ‘are you being lowballed by someone who hopes to make money on extras later?’
    • ‘As a result, it will be nearly impossible for investors to know if a company is lowballing, or to compare options costs among different companies.’
    • ‘Let's lowball and say I worked eight hours each day.’
    • ‘Several property owners were lowballed, and court decisions increased their take.’
    • ‘Translation: the entrepreneurs figured they were getting lowballed and walked.’
    • ‘They played up his love for Seattle and figured they could lowball him because of that love.’
    • ‘If they go for it, you don't have to worry that you'll be lowballing.’
    • ‘Well if they are going to arbitration then the players obviously ‘felt’ they were being lowballed.’
    • ‘If I was lowballed severely like that, I'd hate the organization enough to leave once my contract is up.’
    • ‘Sources close to Brown say he was lowballed when negotiations began, setting the table for what proved to be sour negotiations at times.’
    • ‘It was no surprise that other general managers lowballed him in trade talks.’
    • ‘Have a cash float with lots of change: A good garage saler will have plenty of change on hand to try and lowball you, but the rest of your customers probably have $20 bills in their pockets.’
    • ‘Well, basically, what they do is, they lowball you on the bid.’
    • ‘Compared to other deals that have been signed, the 49ers lowballed him with their contract offer.’