from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A day set aside for sports or athletic competition, as at a school.
- noun An outdoor meeting, social event, or festivity.
- noun A day for military exercises, maneuvers, or display.
- noun A time of great pleasure, activity, or opportunity.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A day when troops are drawn up for instruction in field exercises and evolutions.
- noun Hence Any day of unusual bustle, exertion, or display.
- noun A day when explorations, scientific investigations, etc., as of a society, are carried on in the field.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun military A parade day.
- noun A
schoolday for athleticevents; a sports day.
- noun A day of class taken away from school for a
- noun idiomatic A
great timeor a great deal to do.
- noun idiomatic A great time or a great deal to do, at somebody else's
- noun Top-to-bottom all-hands cleaning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a day for outdoor athletic competition
- noun a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering
- noun a time of unusual pleasure and success
- noun (military) a day for military exercises and display
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Apparently the idiom is derived from the military use. A parade is much easier than the soldiers’ usual drilling and forced exercise.
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