left field
noun Date: 1857 1. the position of the player defending left field 2. the part of the baseball outfield to the left looking out from the plate 3. a. a state or position far from the mainstream (as of prevailing opinion) <
they were really out in left field with that idea
>
b. a source of the unexpected or illogical <
that question came out of left field
>
left fielder noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • left field — left ,field noun uncount in baseball, the part of the OUTFIELD that is left of HOME PLATE, or the position of the player who defends this area come out of left field AMERICAN INFORMAL if something comes out of left field, it surprises you because …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • left field — n [U] 1.) a position in baseball in the left side of the ↑outfield →right field 2.) out of/from left field informal something that comes out of left field is unexpected ▪ People don t know how to react when a question like that comes at them out… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • left field — left′ field′ n. 1) spo (in baseball) a) the area of the outfield to the left of center field, as viewed from home plate b) the position of the player covering this area 2) cvb sts a position or circumstance that is remote from an ordinary or… …   From formal English to slang

  • left field — leftfield left field . (Baseball) the part of the outfield on the catcher s or batter s left. Syn: left. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • left field — ☆ left field Baseball n. 1. the area in the outfield behind the third baseman and shortstop 2. the defensive position of the outfielder (left fielder) who plays there out in left field Informal not reasonable, sensible, or probable …   English World dictionary

  • left-field — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unconventional or experimental …   English terms dictionary

  • left field — 1) N SING: usu prep N If you say that someone or something has come out of left field or is out in left field, you mean that they are untypical, unusual, or strange in some way. The question came out of left field, but Mary Ann wasn t really… …   English dictionary

  • left field — {n.} 1. The part of a baseball out field to the batter s left. * /Right handed batters usually hit to left field./ Compare: CENTER FIELD, RIGHT FIELD. 2. See: OUT IN LEFT FIELD. [left fielder] {n.} The player in baseball who plays in left field.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • left field — {n.} 1. The part of a baseball out field to the batter s left. * /Right handed batters usually hit to left field./ Compare: CENTER FIELD, RIGHT FIELD. 2. See: OUT IN LEFT FIELD. [left fielder] {n.} The player in baseball who plays in left field.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • left field — n, adj (something) unorthodox, bizarre, unex pected. An American usage which was picked up by British journalists, musicians, etc. in the mid 1970s. The term arises from an earlier colloquial expres sion out of left field , used to describe… …   Contemporary slang

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