Origin of field day
Examples from the Web for field day
They were both arrayed in their field-day splendors on this occasion.The Guardian Angel|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The two men strolled homewards after the field-day, Thackeray waxing enthusiastic over Irish scenery.Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. I (of II)|Edmund Downey
It was a field-day, his servant said, and his master was out with his troop; but he expected him in very shortly.Guy Livingstone;|George A. Lawrence
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
The train stopped at one small countryside station, and I got a very good view of some German troops having a field-day.Wounded and a Prisoner of War|Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
British Dictionary definitions for field day
- 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
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.