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left field

The metaphorical origin of something uncommon, unpopular, or otherwise strange. Often used in the phrase "out of left field." Well, that suggestion is certainly out of left field! How did you come up with that one? Sure, my aunt is really wacky and out in left field, but I love her!
See also: field, left

left-field

mainly BRITISH, JOURNALISM
People use left-field to describe something, especially a form of entertainment, that is unusual and unexpected. Over the last few years, the most left-field films in world cinema have come from Japan. This was a very left-field, European-style festival. Compare with come out of left field. Note: In baseball, left field is the part of the outfield where the sun and the wind can cause problems with the ball. In addition, the spectators often shout at the fielder in left field, and so players consider it to be a difficult position to play.
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The sculpture towers over the Left Field the way Tony Benn once did.
All in all, it was an oddly shaped playing field for baseball; left field, with an average distance of 393 feet, was deeper than center field (380 feet) and the right-field average distance was quite short (291 feet).
A single by Goodsell, a walk, an infield hit by Jamie Johnston and a single to left field by Nick Johnston brought four more runs across the plate.
Anti-Slavery International are long-term partners at Glastonbury Left Field and have been nominated as beneficiaries from the Liverpool show by Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis.
We just thought the city of culture would be a great place to bring a little bit of the spirit and the ethos of the Left Field and we are delighted to have the opportunity.
The runner on first was out at the plate, left field to shortstop to catcher, and Cepeda was nailed while trying for third, catcher to third baseman.
Outfielders line up in center field and left field and the outfield coach hits line drives in the gaps, which the fielders attempt to cut off.
Free Taco for America If Home Run is Hit over Left Field During Game Three of 2006 World Series
Rox first baseman Clyde Williams had to rush his throw to second and wound up sailing it into left field, allowing Pennell to go to third.
Festival organiser Michael Eavis looked on as the steel structure was positioned in the Left Field area, where political debate will mix with music during the three-day event.
Out of left field: Tim Salmon received just his third start in the outfield, playing in left field, where he also played twice in 2004.
The former Labour Cabinet Minister will officially open a so-called Left Field area, which is being hosted by the new union-owned ethical clothing company Ethical Threads.
In 2004, Canon increased its presence at Yankee Stadium with and outfield sign on the left field wall, further enhancing the Company's brand presence for millions of fans.
Jeff Innamorati opened the inning with a walk and, after an out, Mariani singled to left field.
In 2004, Canon increased its presence at Yankee Stadium with an outfield billboard sign measuring 32 feet long and 8 feet high on the left field wall, further enhancing the Company's brand presence for millions of fans.