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.
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How to use open season in a sentence
That program allows for similar choices during the open season except that it has far fewer carriers — five nationwide vision plans, seven national dental plans and five regional dental plans.Federal employee health-care premiums to rise an average of 3.8 percent for 2022 | Eric Yoder | September 29, 2021 | Washington Post
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We know that the skies are open season for all manner of drone traffic, from missile launchers to beer droppers.
This public dustup signaled to Ahmadinejad's domestic opponents that it was open season on the president.
The Everglades, overrun with huge reptiles, is about to host its first-ever open season on snakes.
Don't you know that the law is on moose and caribou, and that there won't be an open season for at least five more years?The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers | Claude A. Labelle
Then there is the lure of the water, which explains more than half his school truancy during the open season.The Minister and the Boy | Allan Hoben
When the open season comes along I will drop out here and get the antlers.The Pony Rider Boys in New England | Frank Gee Patchin
So numerous were the pheasants at this time that on the first day of this open season about 50,000 were shot by the hunters.Our Domestic Birds | John H. Robinson
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
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
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