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judgment call

Sports. an observational ruling by a referee or umpire that is necessarily subjective because of the disputable nature of the play in question, and one that may be appealed but not protested, as opposed to a matter of official rule interpretation:
Balks and close plays at first are of course judgment calls, and umpires are human.
any subjective or debatable determination; personal opinion or interpretation.
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First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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