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silly season

a time of year, usually in midsummer or during a holiday period, characterized by exaggerated news stories, frivolous entertainments, outlandish publicity stunts, etc.:
The new movie reminds us that the silly season is here.
Origin of silly season
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The 'silly season' comes on and the newspapers haven't got much to write about.

    A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The general population, eager for a silly season diversion, chose sides with religious fervor.

  • Probably in ridicule of the remarkable showers which used to find their way into the papers during the silly season.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • But as all such diplomatic flurries do, this one will pass, leaving the flatness of the silly season upon us.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • The newspapers had exhausted the stunt of the silly season and were at their flattest and most yawn-provoking.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • It was first published, apparently, in The Times during the “silly season” of 1828 (August 28).

  • I call the time which has passed wise, because that which succeeds is universally known as the silly season.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
British Dictionary definitions for silly season

silly season

(Brit) a period, usually during the hot summer months, when journalists fill space reporting on frivolous events and activities
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silly season

noun phrase

Any period when people do silly things, esp when these are reported in the news media

[1861+; fr a term designating the months of August and September, when Parliament was not sitting and valid and useful news was scarce, and the newspapers resorted to reporting frivolities and trivialities]

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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