Definition of left field in English:

left field


  • 1Baseball
    The part of the outfield to the left of the batter when facing the pitcher.

    ‘a high fly to left field’
    • ‘It was 250 feet from home plate to left field, but there was a screen about 40 feet high.’
    • ‘In the top of the third inning with two outs, the Padres' Gene Richards lofted a fly ball to left field.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jorge Posada led off the inning with a solo home run to left field.’
  • 2North American informal A surprising or unconventional position or style.

    ‘seldom do so many witty touches come out of left field’
    • ‘The snappy dialogue is there, but the story is full of huge gaps and campy scenes that come out of left field to up the comedic ante.’
    • ‘But I got such a terrible shock because it just came out of left field.’
    • ‘I think they'll be the playoff team that kind of comes out of left field this year.’
    • ‘There are so many times where the actions of the various characters simply come out of left field.’
    • ‘She just keeps prattling away, utterly oblivious to the fact that she's coming out of left field with all this stuff and that I have no clue what she's going on about.’
    • ‘It just came out of left field, and it enabled me to do something's totally different from scoring a live-action TV series.’
    • ‘And that sort of just came out of left field and really blew me away.’
    • ‘So, devastating as the liar claim is, it hardly comes out of left field.’
    • ‘When we get to the famous section on the birds, it seems to come out of left field.’
    • ‘And this is an unthinkable, unspeakable tragedy that, in my opinion, came out of left field.’
    1. 2.1 A position of ignorance, error, or confusion.
      ‘he's way over in left field on these issues’
      • ‘I spoke to a couple of players about the 2002 ‘dugout rule’ and they appeared to be as far out in left field as I was.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is but one more example of the consensus view being way out in left field.’
      • ‘This time, however, he's really out in left field.’


  • (of artistic work) radical or experimental.

    ‘left-field guitar-based music’
    • ‘But perhaps his mellifluous melancholy was always just a tad too left-field, a bit too intense, for mainstream tastes.’
    • ‘The Lovers didn't make it as far as they have by bowing to hard bitten, cynical rock criticism; they made it by putting on an energetic live show packed with fun songs and a healthy dollop of left-field cover songs.’
    • ‘The current crop of UK writers are turning out some amazing left-field material like The Office, Little Britain and Four Non-Blondes.’
    • ‘Ross Campbell is the founder of Open Record, a label dedicated to new left-field South African music.’
    • ‘Many critics will tell you that Spielberg's first megahit was responsible for the rise of the bloated summer blockbuster and/or the demise of left-field American cinema.’
    • ‘‘I took what was supposed to be a useful asset and ended up doing something a bit left-field,’ she said.’
    • ‘In 1998 he thought he would try something left-field for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a show called Reasons to Be Cheerful.’
    • ‘Likewise, many of the BBC Local Stations harbour - or have harboured - almost insanely passionate left-field music shows amongst the traffic news and dedications.’
    • ‘Finally, despite the airing of some wonderful left-field stuff, the dearth of jangly African guitar music and reggae was notable.’
    • ‘The Bridge and Song of Stone are impressively left-field works.’
    • ‘I was left thinking that if this is what counts for radical, dangerous, left-field political film-making in the US then America is in more trouble than I thought.’
    • ‘Booth's formative years were spent in Calgary where he built up a background in more left-field forms of music.’
    • ‘In short, The Football Factory is a British cousin of ambivalent left-field hits such as La Haine and American History X - and it wallows in a similar depiction of a culture in its death throes.’
    • ‘If you listen to left-field music, you will hear a certain amount of psychedelia, but somehow Tobin uses it in order to promote thoughtful mental exploration.’
    • ‘To listen to the first Pere Ubu record and then realize it was made over 28 years ago is to stand amazed at its complete inventiveness and left-field creativity.’
    • ‘This doesn't mean the end of his left-field style though.’
    • ‘My Way manages to walk a fine line between full-on commercial sensibility and left-field experimentation and yet somehow pulls off both simultaneously with no compromise on either side.’
    • ‘Sometimes it's like hearing an earnest musical based on an elitist rock critic's dream of left-field rock history, which isn't so funny.’
    • ‘Despite a couple of absolutely classic singles this outfit were always destined to be too left-field for mass-consumption.’
    • ‘You expect quirky, left-field weirdness, whereas what you get is gorgeous songwriting.’
    unusual, irregular, unorthodox, unfamiliar, uncommon, uncustomary, unwonted, rare, out of the ordinary, atypical, singular, distinctive, individual, individualistic, free-spirited, alternative, different
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