An acceptable, roughly accurate approximation, as in I know you can't tell me the exact cost; just give me a ballpark figure. This term alludes to a baseball field, which is always an enclosed space. The expression is basically an extension of the somewhat earlier in the ballpark, meaning within a reasonable range, and out of the ballpark, beyond a reasonable range. [Slang; late 1960s]
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There were rumors of shrieks and flashes emanating from the well, and reports of a figure in white.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Even other men of color considered Revels a curious figure, for Mississippi had never had a large free black population.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The people who are involved in the violence, they figure out ways to remain here at all costs and continue causing trouble.
Several of them disputed the figure of six million Jewish deaths in the Holocaust.
But the last national figure to wield ancient personal authority in an explicitly religious way was Robert F. Kennedy.
He was tall and of familiar figure, and the firelight was playing in the tossed curls of his short, fair hair.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Their opportunities and earnings are relatively small, and in order to live they must figure closely.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
It was when the face and figure of a great tragedian began to haunt her imagination and stir her senses.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Tressan fell suddenly to groaning and wringing his hands a pathetic figure had it been less absurd.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Her tall figure—she was taller than he by at least three inches—was beautiful in its commanding, yet not vulgar, self-possession.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens