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out in left field

Fig. offbeat; unusual and eccentric. (See also out of left field.) Sally is a lot of fun, but she's sort of out in left field. What a strange idea. It's really out in left field.
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(way) out in left field

not effective, useful, or likely Some of these ideas are from out in left field, and I can't imagine where my students get them from.
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out in left field

Also, out of left field. Eccentric, odd; also, mistaken. For example, The composer's use of dissonance in this symphony is way out in left field, or His answer was out of left field; he was totally wrong. This idiom refers to baseball's left field but the precise allusion is disputed. Among the theories proposed is that in some ballparks the left field wall is farther from the batter than the wall in right field. Another is that in early ballparks, left field was often larger than right field and therefore was home to more lost balls and general confusion. [Mid-1900s] Also see far out.
See also: field, left, out

out in left field

mod. wrong; off base; loony. Don’t pay any attention to her. She’s out in left field as usual.
See also: field, left, out