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left field

noun
1.
Baseball.
  1. the area of the outfield to the left of center field, as viewed from home plate.
  2. the position of the player covering this area.
2.
Slang. a position or circumstance that is remote from an ordinary or general trend.
Idioms
3.
out in left field, Slang. completely mistaken; wrong.
Origin of left field
1855-1860
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60
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  • The pitcher delivered an easy one, which Berlin drove into left field.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • That leaves us Way for left field and I guess Fudge will do for center.

    The Lucky Seventh Ralph Henry Barbour
  • That means he swings at the ball late and makes most of his drives to left field.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • I gave him one over the outside corner, and he jabbed it to left field.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • Swift as an arrow and close to the ground the ball shot to left field.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
Idioms and Phrases with left field

left field

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