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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!
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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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This screen permitted fans who drove to the ballpark to view the game from the comfort of their automobiles, which could be parked just outside the left-field and right-field fences.
The playing field was laid out with the left-field foul line roughly parallel with the western sideline of the gridiron, producing a left-field dimension of 350 feet.
Boston starter Tim Wakefield, who knows a thing or two about keeping hitters away from the short left-field porch at Fenway Park, looked right at home at the Coliseum.
The left-field customers had to settle for the barrage of cheap-shot dingers delivered in batting practice.
She lined an outside fastball from UCLA's Anjelica Selden over the left-field fence.
Barry's the biggest cheater of them all," said Victor Magana of Norwalk, who patiently waited out the 1-hour, 57-minute rain delay under the left-field pavilion.
The Gods Must Be Crazy II" (1989): In which much labor, effort and money went into duplicating the innocent charms of a left-field hit and, instead, produced (predictably) a movie that left you questioning your sanity for enjoying the original.
Rodriguez then walked, and Castro gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead by doubling off the left-field wall.
With runners at second and third and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Webster robbed Chaminade of West Hills senior Kim Weinstein of a hit with a diving catch down the left-field line to help preserve Alemany's 2-0 victory on Friday afternoon at Chaminade Middle School.
In an apparent response to that, a handful of plastic bottles were thrown from the left-field bleachers onto the field.
It turned out not to matter, as first baseman Jose Hernandez scorched a two-out double down the left-field line to score both runners for a 3-0 lead.
Jimmy Rollins led off and hit a 2-2 fastball from Ishii into the left-field bullpen.
Guillen, who felt stifled in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization when he played there from 1999-2001, exacted some measure of satisfaction Thursday when he ripped the first pitch from reliever Dicky Gonzalez beyond the left-field fence, keying the Angels' 7-3 victory in front of 34,538 at Angel Stadium.
The Twins had loaded the bases with two outs against Angels closer Troy Percival, who earned his seventh save, when Blanco hit a high fly down the left-field line.