One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Military. A body of troops positioned between the centre and the left wing; the left-centre part of an array of troops. Now chiefly historical.
2Originally Military. A position, orientation, or area between the centre and the left, or near the centre on the left-hand side.
3Baseball. The part of a baseball field located between centre field and left field.
4Sport. A player occupying a position on the left of the centre of a field of play; the position occupied by such a player.
5Politics. Also with capital initials. Chiefly in French contexts: a section of a government, political party, or other group holding moderate left-of-centre views.
1Originally Military. Occupying a position between the centre and the left; situated near the centre on the left-hand side.
2Politics. Also with capital initials. Of or relating to the left-centre; moderately left-of-centre.
Mid 18th century. From left + centre.
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