left field

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

Origin of left field

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for left-field

Contemporary Examples of left-field

Historical Examples of left-field

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for left-field


  1. informal regarded as being outside the mainstream; unconventional

Word Origin for left-field

C20: from baseball term left field, the area of the outfield to the batter's left, regarded as the scene of little action
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with left-field

left field

see out in left field.

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