One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The left-hand side of a (part of the) body or other object; (also) the side or region that lies immediately to the left of a person or other object of reference.
2In various team sports (such as football and hockey): a player whose position is on the left side of the central area of the pitch and who has both attacking and defensive responsibilities.
Middle English; earliest use found in Lambeth Manuscript. From left + half.
left half/ˌlɛft ˈhɑːf/
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