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open season

noun

Simple Definition of open season

  • : a time of year when it is legal to kill certain fish or animals

  • : a time when someone or something is being attacked or criticized by many people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of open season

  1. 1 :  a period when it is legal to kill or catch game or fish protected at other times by law

  2. 2 :  a time during which someone or something is the object of sustained attack or criticism

Circa 1890

First Known Use of open season

circa 1890


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