left field

noun
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

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
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

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First Known Use of left field

1857

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of left field for English Language Learners

  • : 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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