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.
Idioms about left field
out in left field, Slang. completely mistaken; wrong.
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How to use left field in a sentence
On his 24th birthday, Robles doubled in the third and was knocked in by Turner, then lifted a ball to the left field corner to score Gomes in the fourth.Nationals cap a long day with a gritty 4-3 win over Cubs | Jesse Dougherty | May 20, 2021 | Washington Post
Engineering giant Honeywell burst into the quantum computing race out of left field last year.Honeywell Just Released Details About How Its Quantum Computer Works | Edd Gent | April 19, 2021 | Singularity Hub
This week, Schwarber even jumped — let’s not say “leaped” — above the left field fence to rob a home run.This Nationals spring has been filled with happy returns. Now let’s see if they last. | Thomas M. Boswell | March 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Perhaps because nobody really knows how to market a film during a pandemic, Barb and Star emerged somewhat out of left field.Will the Pandemic Spawn a New Genre of Cult Classics? Barb and Star Suggests Yes | Stephanie Zacharek | March 6, 2021 | Time
By then, Harrison was in left field, continuing his ongoing trip around the diamond.Josh Harrison is the right blend of versatility and offense for Nationals | Jesse Dougherty | March 4, 2021 | Washington Post
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.The Fabulous Life of EJ Johnson, the Stylish Son of the Lakers Legend | Itay Hod | June 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On gun control, a hair-trigger issue for Republicans who pick the nominee, Christie is in the center or even center–left field.A Thinner Chris Christie Still Faces Big Political Challenges | Robert Shrum | May 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
After the success of Mulholland Drive, and the left-field blockbuster, The Ring, Watts became a household name.Naomi Watts on ‘The Impossible,’ Personal Tragedy, and Playing Princess Diana | Marlow Stern | December 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Newtown Victims: Dawn Hochsprung, Vicki Soto & More | Nina Strochlic | December 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a fly to left field, as long as the one that had baffled Prissler a moment before, but much higher.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High | Leslie W. Quirk
Just before his leg hit the sack at second, Bonfire stole a glance toward left field.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High | Leslie W. Quirk
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.The Young Pitcher | Zane Grey
I held down left field for two seasons on the greatest college team ever developed out West.The Young Pitcher | Zane Grey
That means he swings at the ball late and makes most of his drives to left field.Pitching in a Pinch | Christy Mathewson
British Dictionary definitions for left-field
informal regarded as being outside the mainstream; unconventional
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Other Idioms and Phrases with left field
see out in left field.
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