come out of left field

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of come out of left field

US, informal
: to be very surprising and unexpected
  • That question came out of left field.

Word by Word Definitions

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

left play
  1. : of, relating to, situated on, or being the side of the body in which the heart is mostly located

  2. : done with the left hand

  3. : located nearer to the left hand than to the right

  1. : the left hand

  2. : the location or direction of the left side

  3. : the part on the left side

  1. : past tense and past participle of leave

field play
  1. : an open land area free of woods and buildings

  2. : an area of land marked by the presence of particular objects or features

  3. : an area of cleared enclosed land used for cultivation or pasture

  1. : of or relating to a field: such as

  2. : growing in or inhabiting the fields or open country

  3. : made, conducted, or used in the field

  1. : to catch or pick up (something, such as a batted ball) and usually throw to a teammate

  2. : to take care of or respond to (something, such as a telephone call or a request)

  3. : to give an impromptu answer or solution to


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