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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    the practice of deliberately underestimating a cost, price, rate etc in order to deceive

    She raised the issue that Barclays audits had failed to uncover the practise [sic] throughout the period - a fact which was confirmed by Diamond stressing that he had only just learned of the lowballing this month.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 05/07/2012

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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