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 The rule sets the daily bag limit at five lake trout and creates a year-round open season. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2021 Quite frankly, he's injured now because of the open season that there's been on Zion Williamson in the paint. Dan Gelston, ajc, 7 May 2021 The 46 West Texas and Panhandle counties that are currently closed for squirrel hunting will now have a year-round, no bag limit open season for squirrel. Dallas News, 24 Apr. 2021 Vaccine open season finally arrived in California on Thursday. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2021 In Napa County, public health officials were optimistic about the start of open season, with the first clinic for anyone 16 and older opening at Meritage Resort & Spa. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Apr. 2021 Brett Martin & Joely Rodriguez to open season on IL but for shorter stints. Dallas News, 22 Mar. 2021 Scientists from Washington, British Columbia and U.S. federal agencies joined forces in a virtual press conference Wednesday to declare open season on the Asian giant hornet, an invasive species that was first found in the U.S. and Canada in 2019. Dustin Barnes, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2021 At 25-2, VanDerveer’s team is one of the best in the country and in something of a wide-open season, has a good shot to win the whole thing. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of open season

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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6 Jul 2021

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“Open season.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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