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open season

a specific season or time of year when it is legal to catch or hunt for fish or game protected at all other times by the law.
a period of time in which a person or thing is exposed to criticism, attack, or recrimination:
Election year is open season on all incumbents.
Origin of open season
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Yet though the open season is now secure, it is not yet settled.

    Days Off

    Henry Van Dyke
  • And each end of the open season I'll get around and open the cache.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • And for these they demanded equipment and supplies for the open season's hunt.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • The Second of September is the beginning of the open season for shooting.

  • I didn't care whether this was the open season for burglars or not.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • If there is an open season this should be restricted to two or three States, and it should be short.

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
  • I suppose if it was the open season for Cubans, you'd go out with the dog and tree a few!

    That Pup Ellis Parker Butler
  • He had been away on this distant work all the open season of 1889-90.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
British Dictionary definitions for open season

open season

a specified period of time in the year when it is legal to hunt or kill game or fish protected at other times by law
(often foll by on) a time when criticism or mistreatment is common: open season on women employees
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for open season

open season

noun phrase

The time when persons may be harmed, insulted, etc, with impunity: If we leave, it will be open season on Americans globally

[1914+; fr the time when game may be legally hunted, the term found by 1896]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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