open season

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  1. 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.

  2. 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

Words Nearby open season Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use open season in a sentence

  • 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?

  • Then there is the lure of the water, which explains more than half his school truancy during the open season.

  • When the open season comes along I will drop out here and get the antlers.

  • 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

open season

  1. 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

  2. (often foll by on) a time when criticism or mistreatment is common: open season on women employees

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