from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The period during which it is legal to hunt or catch game or fish.
  • n. Informal A time of unrestrained harassment, criticism, or attack: "By 1950 it was open season on Communists and their fellow travelersā€ ( Boston).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A period of time during the calendar year when authorities within a jurisdiction permit the unrestricted hunting of one or more kinds of animal wildlife.
  • n. A situation in which someone is endangered, blamed, harassed, or opposed in a sustained manner by a number of others; a situation in which something is endangered or otherwise opposed.
  • n. A situation in which or period of time during which some activity or circumstance routinely occurs.


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