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

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Other Words from left field

left fielder noun

Examples of left field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden advisers privately trashed Haaland to the press while floating a candidate who seemed to come out of left field, former Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Is Joe Biden Just Being Stubborn?," 11 Dec. 2020 Pederson has been limited to starting in left field against right-handed pitchers in recent years. Jorge Castillo Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers would benefit from a universal designated hitter in 2021, but it is uncertain," 7 Dec. 2020 Replacing Rosario with Kirilloff in left field might enable the Twins to find a suitable power reliever. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Twins could be ready to move on from Eddie Rosario," 1 Dec. 2020 If your has shelves that look like a tornado just whipped through them, here's your chance to pick them up something kind of out of left field, but that could change their life. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "45 weird but practical gifts people will actually use," 21 Oct. 2020 Launching a home goods line doesn't seem totally out of left field for Kardashian West. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Is Kim Kardashian West Planning A Foray Into The Homeware Space?," 9 Sep. 2020 News of the Detroit Lions' interest in and signing of Adrian Peterson came out of left field Sunday morning. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions sign Adrian Peterson. Here's what it means for team's other running backs," 6 Sep. 2020 And if enough people enjoy a beer out of left field? Matt Koesters, The Enquirer, "Can Cincinnati out-weird mustard or Flamin' Hot Cheetos beer? Goetta: Hold my beer.," 21 Aug. 2020 An answer came out of left field in 1831, when the nation’s first third party, the Anti-Masons, held the first ever nominating convention in an attempt to do away with caucus secrecy. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How political conventions went from provocative to predictable," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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29 Dec 2020

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“Left field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20field. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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