Definition of left field in US English:

left field


  • 1Baseball
    The part of the outfield to the left of center field from the perspective of home plate.

    ‘a high fly to left field’
    • ‘Jorge Posada led off the inning with a solo home run to left field.’
    • ‘For a long time, Womack has had a tendency to hit fly balls to left field for easy outs.’
    • ‘In the top of the third inning with two outs, the Padres' Gene Richards lofted a fly ball to left field.’
    • ‘It was 250 feet from home plate to left field, but there was a screen about 40 feet high.’
    • ‘Bryce had hit a fly ball to left field and Benji was running home and Bryce running to second.’
    1. 1.1 The position of the defensive player stationed in left field.
      ‘I played left field a lot against him’
      • ‘Because of the configuration of PNC Park, he believes left field is the toughest defensive position in the outfield.’
      • ‘Cordero will play a lot in left field, where he's below average.’
      • ‘He was an atrocious defensive player in left field, but in his four seasons with the Cubs, he hit for a .286 batting average.’
      • ‘La Russa moved him from right field to left field following the trade for Walker last August.’
      • ‘The team's well-publicized troubles at Pacific Bell Park might have been even worse were it not for great defense from Bonds in left field.’
  • 2North American informal A surprising or unconventional position or style.

    ‘seldom do so many witty touches come out of left field’
    • ‘I think they'll be the playoff team that kind of comes out of left field this year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It just came out of left field, and it enabled me to do something's totally different from scoring a live-action TV series.’
    • ‘But I got such a terrible shock because it just came out of left field.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are so many times where the actions of the various characters simply come out of left field.’
    1. 2.1 A position of ignorance, error, or confusion.
      ‘he's so far out in left field that even his followers are embarrassed’
      • ‘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 time, however, he's really out in left field.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is but one more example of the consensus view being way out in left field.’


left field

/ˈlɛf(t) ˈˌfild/