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left field

noun
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.
Idioms
3.
out in left field, Slang. completely mistaken; wrong.
Origin of left field
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism
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  • He did not call off his own name, however, and there was a blank opposite the positions of pitcher and left field.

  • That means he swings at the ball late and makes most of his drives to left field.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • The visitors now came to bat again, and the first ball Winters pitched was slammed out into left field for a two-base hit.

  • I gave him one over the outside corner, and he jabbed it to left field.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • The first man up was struck out, but the second sent a clean drive to left field that was good for two bases.

    The Rover Boys in Business Arthur M. Winfield
Idioms and Phrases with left field

left field

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