Definition of left field in English:

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  • 1 Baseball The part of the outfield to the left of the batter when facing the pitcher: a high fly to left field
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    • For a long time, Womack has had a tendency to hit fly balls to left field for easy outs.
    • Bryce had hit a fly ball to left field and Benji was running home and Bryce running to second.
    • In the top of the third inning with two outs, the Padres' Gene Richards lofted a fly ball to left field.
  • 2North American informal A surprising or unconventional position or style: seldom do so many witty touches come out of left field
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    • And this is an unthinkable, unspeakable tragedy that, in my opinion, came out of left field.
    • And that sort of just came out of left field and really blew me away.
    • But I got such a terrible shock because it just came out of left field.
  • 2.1A position of ignorance, error, or confusion: he’s way over in left field on these issues
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    • This is but one more example of the consensus view being way out in left field.
    • When the Congressmen would start asking him questions behind that, he was just completely out in left field.
    • It's nice to know I'm not out in left field in my thoughts and at the same time incredibly disturbing to see my thoughts reflected by another voice.


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  • (Of artistic work) radical or experimental: left-field guitar-based music
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    • You expect quirky, left-field weirdness, whereas what you get is gorgeous songwriting.
    • Finally, despite the airing of some wonderful left-field stuff, the dearth of jangly African guitar music and reggae was notable.
    • But perhaps his mellifluous melancholy was always just a tad too left-field, a bit too intense, for mainstream tastes.

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