left field

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  1. Baseball.

    • the area of the outfield to the left of center field, as viewed from home plate.

    • the position of the player covering this area.

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

Idioms about left field

  1. 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


  1. informal regarded as being outside the mainstream; unconventional

Origin of 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with left field

left field

see out in left field.

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