Complete Definition of "left field"

English

Noun

left field

  1. baseball the part of a baseball field which is beyond the infield and to your left if you stand on home plate and face the pitcher
  2. baseball The defensive position in the outfield to the left.
  3. idiom an unexpected, bizarre, or unwatched source (especially in the phrases out of left field and from left field)

#:Some of her comments really came from left field. I have no idea what she was thinking.

Quotations
baseball
2004: The double, by pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra, curved sharply toward foul ground in deep left field but then changed its mind and hit the line insteadâa big hit, and a smile at last from the great and enigmatically difficult game. — The New Yorker, 10 May 2004

figurative
2004: There is no serendipity without a flash of insight from left field, an oblique eureka effect. — London Review of Books, 23 Sep 2004

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