a day devoted to outdoor sports or athletic contests, as at a school.
an outdoor gathering; outing; picnic.
a day for military exercises and display.
an occasion or opportunity for unrestricted activity, amusement, etc.: The children had a field day with their new skateboards.
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How to use field day in a sentence
“Workers, loosely defined, are having a field day because it’s their market right now,” says Kerry Sulkowicz, a psychoanalyst who coaches chief executives.The Pandemic Reset the Balance Between Workers and Employers. How Bosses Respond Will Shape the Future of Work | Kevin Delaney | July 22, 2021 | Time
Audio enthusiasts who care about nuanced differences in bass and treble levels—and want to change their EQ from track to track—could have a field day with these noise-canceling earbuds.Jaybird Vista 2 review: Customizable sound for all athletes | Billy Cadden | June 21, 2021 | Popular-Science
On-site field days will be held in the Vail area and the mountains east of Bellingham or Seattle, respectively.
We were having a field-day, and my side of the battle was advancing in sections under shell-fire over fairly flat country.
It was a field-day for the women, for every shop had its strong temptation, and the world seemed on dress-parade.The Harris-Ingram Experiment | Charles E. Bolton
To brigade the army was impossible, and every field-day was a scene of ludicrous confusion.
The only difficulty to our participating in such a field-day would be the expense for travelling to and fro.Harper's Round Table, August 27, 1895 | Various
Moreover, to accompany Gatacre on a field-day was a lesson in horsemanship.General Gatacre | Beatrix Gatacre
British Dictionary definitions for field day
a day spent in some special outdoor activity, such as nature study or sport
a day-long competition between amateur radio operators using battery or generator power, the aim being to make the most contacts with other operators around the world
military a day devoted to manoeuvres or exercises, esp before an audience
informal a day or time of exciting or successful activity: the children had a field day with their new toys
a day or series of days devoted to the demonstration of farm machinery in country centres
a combined open day and sale on a stud property
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Other Idioms and Phrases with field day
A time of great pleasure, activity, or opportunity, as in The press had a field day with this sensational murder trial. This colloquial expression, dating from the 1700s, originally referred to a day set aside for military maneuvers and exercises, and later was extended to a similar day for sports and games. Since the early 1800s it has been used more loosely.
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