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

Trump had a field day criticizing the anthem kneelers. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: What billionaire would Kenny Stills want closer to Trump than Steve Ross? | Commentary," 8 Aug. 2019 For his service project, Tim led a team that organized an outdoor field day that included activities for his fellow Lerner School attendees., "Highland Heights’ Tim Hargate doesn’t let nonverbal autism keep him from achieving Eagle Scout rank," 28 July 2019 School leaders canceled an end-of-year field day because of fears about students being outside. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "‘It makes me angry’: For D.C. students, safe passage to school can prove elusive," 6 July 2019 What started 16 years ago as a pizza party at the Davanni’s at Summit and Cleveland was an all-star field day at Target Field on Friday, largely because many of his former teammates were planning to be here Saturday to see the Twins retire that No. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: Leave it to Joe Mauer to schedule retirement ceremony around charity event," 14 June 2019 Still, quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers and Jared Goff had field days against the Seahawks, whose 240.1 passing yards allowed per game ranked 17th in the league. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Pete Carroll doesn’t seem satisfied with 10-6 and the playoffs, and knows offseason work is needed," 8 Jan. 2019 The Orioles’ options out of the bullpen weren’t much better and the Sox had a field day. Julian Benbow,, "Homer-happy Red Sox blast Baltimore," 15 June 2019 If the Boilermakers, who ended last season by getting decimated by Auburn in the Music City Bowl, can find success with a new starting QB against Nevada, Justin Herbert could have a field day., "Oregon opponent early scouting report: Nevada," 9 July 2019 The press had a field day, and the public went nuts. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How the 1919 Solar Eclipse Made Einstein the World's Most Famous Scientist," 24 May 2019

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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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