left field


  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.
Slang. a position or circumstance that is remote from an ordinary or general trend.

Nearby words

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  2. left brachiocephalic vein,
  3. left colic flexure,
  4. left colic vein,
  5. left face,
  6. left fielder,
  7. left gastric vein,
  8. left gastro-omental vein,
  9. left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, the,
  10. left heart


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

Origin of left field

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60

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British Dictionary definitions for left-field



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

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Idioms and Phrases with left-field

left field

see out in left field.

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