from The American Heritage® 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 travelers” ( 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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  • There's open season on cowgirls driving sports cars.

    Fault Line

  • Lavonne Cohen took a trip with her mah-jongg club and Mickey thinks it’s open season on me.

    The Big Nowhere

  • Although even here the effect was diminished by a ludicrous corruption and inefficiency — it was open season for German businessmen, large and small, who built up private industrial empires by confiscation and "licensing" and then used them to manufacture and market luxuries (such as perambulators) which were banned in the more tightly organised economy of the Reich.



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