left field Idiom, Proverb
left fieldThe metaphorical origin of something uncommon, unpopular, or otherwise strange. Often used in the phrase "out of left field." Well, that suggestion is certainly out of left field! How did you come up with that one? Sure, my aunt is really wacky and out in left field, but I love her!See also: field, left
left-field mainly BRITISH, JOURNALISMPeople use left-field to describe something, especially a form of entertainment, that is unusual and unexpected. Over the last few years, the most left-field films in world cinema have come from Japan. This was a very left-field, European-style festival. Compare with come out of left field. Note: In baseball, left field is the part of the outfield where the sun and the wind can cause problems with the ball. In addition, the spectators often shout at the fielder in left field, and so players consider it to be a difficult position to play.
Be out in left field
(USA) To be out in left field is not to know what's going on. Taken from baseball, when youngsters assign less capable players to the outfield where the ball is less likely to be hit by a young player. In business, one might say, 'Don't ask the new manager; he's out in left field and doesn't know any answers yet.'
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1. The part of a baseball out-field to the batter's left. Right-handed batters usually hit to left field. Compare:
CENTER FIELD, RIGHT FIELD. 2. See: OUT IN LEFT FIELD. -
The player in baseball who plays in left field. The scoreboard in the ball park is on the fence behind the left fielder.
out in left fieldnot logical or sensible, all wet Don't listen to his advice. He's out in left field.
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Far from the right answer; wrong; astray. Johnny tried to answer the teacher's question but he was way out in left field. Susan tried to guess what the surprise was but she was way out in left field.
2. Speaking or acting very queerly; crazy. The girl next door was always queer, but after her father died, she was really out in left field and had to go to a hospital. Compare:
OUT OF ONE'S HEAD.
Out of the left field
(USA) If something comes out of the left field, it is beside the point and has nothing to do with the matter being discussed.