word used to pull your answer closer to the mean and therefore lessen the severity of a situation
Bob: How many times did you see Mama Mia?
Joe: Just 2 or 3 times. (But we all know the real answer is 3)
Maria: How much did you get for that on ebay?
Bill: Oh, like 5 or 10 bucks. (Here, Bill only got 5 dollars)