open season

noun

Definition of open season 

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

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

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Ross Tucker, the author of the influential Science of Sport blog, tweeted: Many people saying it’s now open season on salbutamol, that the salbutamol policy is in tatters. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "The Chris Froome Ruling Just Broke Anti-Doping," 3 July 2018 Perhaps most important, though, June 1 has for the last decade marked the opening day of what has been an increasingly ephemeral open season for the recreational harvest of red snapper. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Better days ahead for Texas offshore anglers," 23 June 2018 Pirela is no match for the likes of Cincinnati’s Joey Votto or Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, but the Padres’ submission still speaks to an eye-opening season. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres' Jose Pirela nominated for Hank Aaron Award," 9 Oct. 2017 Queen Sugar The Bordelons continue their fight to save the family farm as this critically acclaimed drama from Ava Duvernay opens Season 3 with a two-night event. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "Tuesday's TV highlights: 'World of Dance' and more," 29 May 2018 The open season for air tours dovetailed nicely with the completion in 2007 of the glass cantilever Skywalk bridge that juts 70 feet over the West Rim’s Eagle Point. Annette Mcgivney, Outside Online, "300 Flights Through the Grand Canyon's Helicopter Alley," 24 May 2018 Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram Owners of Kentucky Derby horses need to pony up Lone Star Park opens season with new money The savior for Fox Sports Southwest remains the Texas Rangers. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "An ex TCU baseball player misses at the Kentucky Derby but wins anyway | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018 At its public meeting in Lubbock last week, the TPW Commission voted to rescind its approval of a proposal to make air guns and air bows legal for taking certain game animals during the general open season. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "TPW Commission rescinds air gun/bow rule," 26 May 2018 Following proposals from the health carriers and negotiations with OPM, coverage terms and premium rates typically are announced in September ahead of an enrollment open season that this year will run Nov. 12-Dec. 10. Eric Yoder, Washington Post, "New cost controls sought in federal employee health-care program," 24 Jan. 2018

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of open season was circa 1890

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open season

noun

English Language Learners 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

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