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come from left field

To originate from a surprising or strange place. ("Left field" is the metaphorical origin of something uncommon, unpopular, or otherwise strange.) That suggestion certainly came from left field! How did you come up with that one?
See also: come, field, left

come from left field

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come out of left field

mainly AMERICAN
A question, statement, or event which comes from left field or comes out of left field is completely unexpected. The question came out of left field, but Mary Ann wasn't really surprised. This letter sort of came out of left field. Compare with left-field. Note: In baseball, left field is part of the outfield. A ball is said to come out of left field when the pitcher throws it in such a way that it seems to come out of nowhere.
See also: come, field, left
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The only criticism this reader can offer is that the conclusion comes from left field, with no prior basis or previous clues to support it.
Things could not have gone better but I am a great believer in my favourite author JP Donleavy that when things are going well, watch out because that is when the blow comes from left field and strikes you.
Granted, it comes from left field, and the only vague precedent was a flash in the pan when London Broncos bunked up with Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop, then went their separate ways.
We will see what transpires but the club are expecting Jamie to depart for Sheffield United unless something comes from left field.
If you like your entertainment to be something a little out of the ordinary that comes from left field then this is most definitely for you.
There's always something that comes from left field to become a big success,' he says.