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

Twitter had a field day after their almost kiss, and the audience at the actual event, couldn't help but stand up in anticipation for what could have been an onstage make out. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Celeb Reactions to Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello's Almost Kiss During Their "Señorita" Performance are Hilarious," 27 Aug. 2019 Perhaps most notably, running backs Jim Brown and Barry Sanders and wide receiver Calvin Johnson were all-time greats who retired with plenty of productive on-field days seemingly still ahead of them. Mark Maske, The Denver Post, "Today’s NFL is all about pampering QBs, but it didn’t work with Andrew Luck and the Colts," 25 Aug. 2019 Liverpool's attacking trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino had a field day in this fixture last season, with the Brazilian netting an impressive hat-trick. Matias Grez, CNN, "Arsenal look to avenge last season's humiliating Anfield defeat against Liverpool," 23 Aug. 2019 After Friends fans had a field day posting jokes about the beloved character, Schwimmer himself got in on the fun. Ruth Kinane,, "David Schwimmer lookalike sentenced to jail time for theft," 16 Aug. 2019 Universal did not confirm any of these ideas, but fans continued to have a field day guessing on Twitter. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Universal Studios Orlando announces new theme park, Epic Universe," 1 Aug. 2019 So one flub led to a field day with people more technologically savvy than Joe Biden. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Did Joe Biden Mean By “Joe 30330?”," 1 Aug. 2019 Then, brands began having a field day, designing marketing campaigns around it. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian brands are going bananas over JW Marriott’s $6-a-pair bananas," 29 July 2019 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

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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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