open season


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. open quote,
  2. open reduction,
  3. open registry,
  4. open sandwich,
  5. open sea,
  6. open season on,
  7. open secret,
  8. open sentence,
  9. open sesame,
  10. open set

Origin of open season

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

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British Dictionary definitions for open season

open season

noun

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
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