Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(come) out of left field

out of left fieldcome out of left field
Meaning(s)
1) unusual or unexpected
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • the idea/remark/problem came out of left field
  • Analysis
    This expression is used to refer to something that is untypical or surprising, especially with regards to its source, with 'left field' being the metaphorical origin of something unusual. The surprise factor involved means that things coming 'out of left field' are often very difficult to plan for, deal with, or properly understand. However, its connotations are not all negative. Sometimes a brilliant idea or moment of inspiration can come in this way. It is used in both a social and professional context, and is similar to the term 'out of the blue.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The question came out of left field, and the politician seemed uncertain about how to answer it.
    2. Her harsh remark towards me was totally out of left field. I thought we were on good terms.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. That idea seemed to totally come out of left field! What made you think of it?
    2. We thought we were prepared for everything, but that problem came out of left field. 
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