Out of left field is american slang meaning unexpectedly odd or strangethe phrase came from baseball terminology referring to a play in which the ball is thrown from the area covered by the left fielder to either home plate or first base surprising the runner according to mlbcom there is another meaning the term way out in left field is taken to mean crazy. Out of left field uncommon unpopular or otherwise strange well that suggestion is certainly out of left field how did you come up with that one sure my aunt is really wacky and often out of left field but i love her to pieces see also field left of out out of left field suddenly from an unexpected source or direction see also out in left . Percy sledge out of left field skip navigation sign in search loading close this video is unavailable find out why close percy sledge out of left field bird2985 loading. Out of left field the gordon family saga ellen klages on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a story about the fight for equal rights in americas favorite arena the baseball field every boy in the neighborhood knows katy gordon is their best pitcher. Also out of left fieldeccentric odd also mistaken for example the composers use of dissonance in this symphony is way out in left field or his answer was out of left field he was totally wrongthis idiom refers to baseballs 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
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