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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.


left-field

adjective

  1. informal.
    regarded as being outside the mainstream; unconventional


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Word History and Origins

Origin of left field1

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60

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Word History and Origins

Origin of left field1

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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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. out in left field, Slang. completely mistaken; wrong.

More idioms and phrases containing left field

see out in left field .

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Example Sentences

In the 13th inning, a Red Sox batter popped one down left field line and Jeter went to get it.

“It really came out of left field,” he says of the whole Donald Sterling fiasco.

On gun control, a hair-trigger issue for Republicans who pick the nominee, Christie is in the center or even center–left field.

After the success of Mulholland Drive, and the left-field blockbuster, The Ring, Watts became a household name.

You could be in a foul mood and he would come up with something out of left field to put a smile on your face.

It was a fly to left field, as long as the one that had baffled Prissler a moment before, but much higher.

Just before his leg hit the sack at second, Bonfire stole a glance toward left field.

Weir lifted a high fly to left field, and when the ball dropped into the fielder's hands Ray ran home on the throw-in.

I held down left field for two seasons on the greatest college team ever developed out West.

That means he swings at the ball late and makes most of his drives to left field.

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