open season


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

Examples of open season in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outside of migratory bird hunting changes, TPWD approved open seasons on public lands and hunting dates for state parks. Matt Wyatt,, "Texas flounder regulations approved; season closure delayed a year," 23 May 2020 Yet in this wide-open season, the ACC owns three legit Final Four candidates in Duke, Louisville and Florida State. Kevin Mcnamara, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Early seeding reveal makes case for wide open, free-for-all in NCAA tournament," 11 Feb. 2020 But, a yes to open season doesn't guarantee everything remains open. Rob Kleifield, azcentral, "Arizona Game and Fish Department adapts to protect its customers," 5 Apr. 2020 Already French privateers have declared open season on American shipping. CBS News, "Book excerpt: "Washington's End," on the final years of the father of our country," 21 Feb. 2020 Spring training camps have been open for a week, and there may as well be billboards plastered along every highway across Florida and Arizona declaring open season on Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Players Blast MLB Commissioner for Handling of Astros’ Cheating Scandal," 18 Feb. 2020 An open season for booking capacity on the pipeline ended on Monday. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Whistler Pipeline moves forward with three public meetings," 18 Dec. 2019 Under the company's second open season, that capacity could be increased up to 200,000 barrels per day, which translates to roughly 8.4 million gallons of gasoline per day. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Magellan seek to boost capacity of refined products pipeline to El Paso," 20 Dec. 2019 Wildlife officials called for open season on escapees. Author: Evan Bush, Anchorage Daily News, "Cooke Aquaculture seeks to farm native steelhead in Puget Sound after 2017 Atlantic salmon escape," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of open season

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Open season.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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