Out of left field

Name

Out of left field

Definition

Something unexpected or surprising has occurred.

Examples

The new policy came completely out of left field.

We weren’t expecting him to say that – it came out of left field.

His suggestion was out of left field.

Origin

Believed to originate from baseball as left field is the position of a fielder furthest from home plate and therefore least likely to catch a ball.

Faqs

Q. What does ‘Out of left field’ mean? A. It means something unexpected or surprising has occurred.