- the area of the outfield to the left of center field, as viewed from home plate.
- the position of the player covering this area.
Slang. a position or circumstance that is remote from an ordinary or general trend.
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out in left field, Slang. completely mistaken; wrong.
Origin of left field
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Idioms and Phrases with left field
see out in left field.
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