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left field

  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.
Slang. a position or circumstance that is remote from an ordinary or general trend.
out in left field, Slang. completely mistaken; wrong.
Origin of left field
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was naturally a left-field hitter and, therefore, swung late at the ball.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • Chub started him at left-field and kept him there until he had learned to judge a ball, catch it and field it home.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Considered simply as a fielder, the occupant of the left-field should have a good "eye" to "judge" a ball hit in the air.

    Base-Ball John M. Ward
  • King, who had been playing in left-field, went into the pitchers box, and Jack was sent out to left-field.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Joe Perkins was back behind the plate and Gilberth went into left-field, King occupying the box.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He is naturally a left-field hitter, and likes the ball on the outside corner of the plate.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
British Dictionary definitions for left-field


(informal) regarded as being outside the mainstream; unconventional
Word Origin
C20: from baseball term left field, the area of the outfield to the batter's left, regarded as the scene of little action
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Slang definitions & phrases for left-field



Unorthodox; unexpected; wacky: Abril stuffs her first starring role in an American movie with the kind of willful, left-field behavior that she learned from working with Almodovar (1950s+)

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out in left field

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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left field

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