from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A season of the year during which it is unlawful to catch or kill certain kinds of game and fish. Also close-season.


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  • Midgard was first, close-time, and I dropped the tablet on the ceremonial steps of the Asgard, thunderbolting the statue of the Serpent as I did.

    Timegod's World

  • "Human nature being what it is there is no close-time for sin -- nor for goodness either, God be thanked," he added hastily.


  • It is entitled, "a bill for the better regulation of the close-time in salmon fisheries in Scotland;" and with a view to accommodate and reconcile the interests of all parties, it throws the arrangement and the decision of the whole affair into the hands of the commissioners of the _herring_ fishery.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

  • Provided always that the close-time to be fixed by said commissioners, shall not in any case consist of less than one hundred and thirty-nine free consecutive days.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

  • He advises all who have an interest in the river, to consider the wisdom of mutual accommodation; the owners of the more seaward banks being dependent on the upper heritors for the protection of the spawning fish and fry, while they, on the other hand, are equally dependent on the former for an honest adherence to the weekly close-time.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

  • Provision is also made for an alteration, on application and evidence as before, of any such legalized close-time, after the expiration of three years; all expenses incurred by the commissioners in taking evidence, or in other matters connected with the subject, to be defrayed by the proprietors.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

  • British farmers would in future be allowed to destroy pheasants with as little compunction as if they were rabbits, and with no regard to the sacredness of close-time.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, February 21, 1917

  • It proceeded on the preamble, that "whereas the sand acts have been found inadequate to the purposes for which they were passed, inasmuch as it is found that our close-time is not suitable for all the salmon fishings and rivers throughout Scotland, and it is expedient that the same should therefore, and in other respects, be altered, modified, and amended."

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 54, No. 333, July 1843

  • Hence the close-time, though officially fixed, varies according to the different provinces.

    Fountains in the Sand Rambles Among the Oases of Tunisia

  • The close-time for the fishery was observed regularly at the beginning of the century, the fishing commencing on January 1st, and ending on September

    The Naturalist on the Thames


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