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center field

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noun Baseball.
  1. the area of the outfield beyond second base and between right field and left field.
  2. the position of the player covering this area.
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Origin of center field

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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n.

also center field, 1857 in baseball, from center (n.) + field (n.). Related: Center-fielder.

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