open season


: a period when it is legal to kill or catch game or fish protected at other times by law
: 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 Red carpets have become open season for online critics to point out when a celebrity’s shapewear, or the sheer dress revealing it, is less than ideal. Paul Schrodt, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 May 2024 Since then, it’s been open season for Sydney Sweeney boob jokes, especially in comments under the actor’s Instagram posts. Leah Dolan, CNN, 11 Mar. 2024 January felt like open season on employees–especially in the tech sector–with the second highest January layoffs in the past 15 years. Ann Kowal Smith, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Monarchs open season Wednesday against Costa Mesa; 5 6. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2023 There has been a lot of numerical wrangling of late about how rarely teams that open seasons poorly advance to the playoffs. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2023 Their contents, and your relationship to them as a couple, is open season. Tom Rasmussen, Vogue, 18 Sep. 2023 Boilermakers basketball:Purdue women to open season at UCLA; adds to coaching staff For the all-time series, Purdue leads 14-13. Evan Frank, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Aug. 2023 Texas high school football games Finding it hard to schedule games, Dallas-area champions open season against each other High School Sports The latest news, analysis, predictions and more for each season. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of open season was circa 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Open season.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

open season

: a time when it is legal to hunt game or catch fish that are legally protected at other times
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