- 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.
- 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
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
December 21, 2012
He was naturally a left-field hitter and, therefore, swung late at the ball.Pitching in a Pinch
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.Base-Ball
John M. Ward
King, who had been playing in left-field, went into the pitchers box, and Jack was sent out to left-field.
Joe Perkins was back behind the plate and Gilberth went into left-field, King occupying the box.
- informal regarded as being outside the mainstream; unconventional
C20: from baseball term left field, the area of the outfield to the batter's left, regarded as the scene of little action
Idioms and Phrases with left-field
see out in left field.
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