field day


Definition of field day

1a : a day for military exercises or maneuvers
b : an outdoor meeting or social gathering
c : a day of sports and athletic competition
2 : a time of extraordinary pleasure or opportunity the newspaper had a field day with the scandal

Examples of field day in a Sentence

the fifth grade's annual field day
Recent Examples on the Web Texas’ running backs also had a field day, thanks to the offensive line. Ross Fisher, Dallas News, 25 Sep. 2021 That was an area where Buffalo had a field day, with a blitzer from the secondary coming in untouched for sacks on Tagovailoa on two of the Dolphins’ first three offensive plays. David Furones,, 23 Sep. 2021 Her friends and family had a field day in the comment section, poking fun at the situation (which suggests Richie wasn't hurt and is doing OK). Colleen Murphy,, 22 Sep. 2021 More specifically, Cougars first-year starting quarterback Jaren Hall had a field day, going for 92 yards on just eight carries. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 Tech companies, both large and small, can have a field day in the Big Apple. Brad Thomas, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 The British media had a field day, with conflicting observations about the moment. Natasha Bertrand, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 If those two teams matched up in the playoffs, Jokic would have a field day inside against P.J. Tucker as their smallball center. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, 14 Feb. 2020 Understandably, her critics are having a field day. William Mcgurn, WSJ, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of field day

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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7 Oct 2021

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“Field day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of field day

: a day of outdoor sports and athletic competition for school children

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Kids Definition of field day

: a day of outdoor sports, activities, and athletic competitions

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