Idioms: Out 0f Left Field

Sports are often the reference point for idioms.  If you are a baseball fan you’ve been watching lots of games.  Have many balls come…


She got fired because most of her ideas came out of left field.

This idiom means: odd, strange, unexpected

There is debate about the origins, although most relate it to baseball.  Some of the possibilities: left field is a long way from home plate,  If a runner is headed home from third a ball thrown from left field appears to come out of nowhere, a  ballpark that no longer exists in Chicago had a psychiatric institute behind the left field wall.

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