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

Jay, the cautious jet-skier The Internet had a field day when photos of Jay-Z and Beyonce jet-skiing dropped, with the former decked out in some serious protective gear. Christina Schoellkopf,, "Hashtag Highlights: Comic-Con swap, Jay-Z becomes a meme," 6 July 2018 Like any Drake release, Scorpion has a lot of content that the Internet is having a field day over. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "What's Your Favorite Song From Drake's 'Scorpion' Side B? Vote!," 29 June 2018 The idea for the field day started a couple of months ago with Bobo, a 28-year-old personal trainer and CEO of Seduce the Weight fitness center. Faith E. Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Amid Indianapolis' violence comes this effort to better know your neighbor," 27 June 2018 During the firm’s busy season, BDO makes an extra effort to relieve stress and encourage office camaraderie by offering perks such as Taco truck and field day at the park and busy season goodie bags. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018 Either way, Twitter is obviously having a field day with the video, with comparisons being made to Madonna's infamous faux-British accent. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "This Video of Meghan Markle Speaking With a British Accent Has Left People Puzzled," 5 July 2018 Democrats could have a field day if Republicans reduced the requirement to curb a filibuster from 60 votes to a simple majority. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump amplifying calls to ditch the legislative filibuster as midterms near," 4 July 2018 Social media had a field day recently when an old Avril Lavigne theory resurfaced online, quickly spawning several other odd claims — including a particularly retweetable speculation about Pikachu. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, "Best Celebrity Conspiracy Theories," 4 July 2018 The internet had a field day making fun of the exchange. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer Acknowledge That They Are Pretentious," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of field day

1747, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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