left field


Definition of left field

1 : the position of the player defending left field
2 : the part of the baseball outfield to the left looking out from the plate
3a : 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

Other Words from left field

left fielder noun

Examples of left field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During his call-up in 2020, Mountcastle spent most of his time in left field, playing serviceably. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 12 Jan. 2022 The fierce wind blew steadily from left field to right throughout the game, ruffling the pants of the pitchers on the mound. Beth Harris, ajc, 12 Oct. 2021 Boston's right-handed batters emphasized hitting the ball to right field during batting practice as the wind continued a recent trend of briskly blowing in, especially in the early innings, from left field at TD Ballpark. Mark Didtler, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 Florida’s Jacob Young threw it all the way from left field to home, and catcher Nathan Hickey easily made the out. Giana Han, al, 24 Apr. 2021 In mid-March, [Baby’s sickness] came from left field. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, 11 Dec. 2020 Canha, the inning after his catch, told the world all about it via an in-game interview from left field. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, 30 Sep. 2020 Brandon Dixon shifted from left field to first base and was replaced in the outfield by Jorge Bonifacio. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 25 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, Gallo is a finalist in right field even though the Yankees moved him to left field because Aaron Judge was so good in right. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of left field

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of left field was in 1857

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28 Jan 2022

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“Left field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20field. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of left field

: the part of a baseball outfield that is to the left when you are looking out from home plate also : the position of the player defending left field


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