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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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  • King, who had been playing in left-field, went into the pitchers box, and Jack was sent out to left-field.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He was naturally a left-field hitter and, therefore, swung late at the ball.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • 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
  • He is naturally a left-field hitter, and likes the ball on the outside corner of the plate.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • 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
  • Joe Perkins was back behind the plate and Gilberth went into left-field, King occupying the box.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for left-field

left-field

adjective
1.
(informal) regarded as being outside the mainstream; unconventional
Word Origin
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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Slang definitions & phrases for left-field

left-field

adjective

Unorthodox; unexpected; wacky: Abril stuffs her first starring role in an American movie with the kind of willful, left-field behavior that she learned from working with Almodovar (1950s+)

Related Terms

out in left field

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with left-field

left field

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