- 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
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- 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 commonopen season on women employees