Definition of close season in English:

close season


  • 1A period in the year when fishing or the killing of particular game is officially forbidden:

    ‘the close season is an essential period of renewal for fish’
    • ‘However, it was the closed season for swordfish and he therefore had to do this under cover of darkness in order not to be detected by the port police.’
    • ‘It is also the only form of fox control that recognises a closed season, in which mothers and young are left alone.’
    • ‘After all, game fishing has a closed season to allow trout and salmon to get on with their reproductive cycle.’
    • ‘Wilf explained that there are closed seasons for both salmon and brown trout.’
    • ‘The coarse angling reports will continue during the closed season for game fish, as anglers report any catches.’
    • ‘In fisheries and wildlife commissions the purpose of these is to establish conservation methods, such as closed seasons or catch limitation practices.’
    • ‘Apart from some exceptions, the stag season runs for nine months of the year with a closed season in May, June and July, while open season for hinds is November through to February.’
    • ‘They might be able to declare their fishing grounds to be a Marine Protected Area or designate a certain time of the year to be a closed season.’
    • ‘One of the most immediate questions is whether we need a closed season for stags at all as there are no real welfare issues involved.’
    • ‘Because they don't breed in most English waters, they can be fished legally in winter, which is the closed season for native brown trout.’
    • ‘The Deer Commission is on dangerous ground in calling for abolition of the closed season for stalking stags and extending the open season for shooting hinds.’
    • ‘He predicted the extermination of most western game unless hunters observed closed seasons or bag limits.’
    • ‘This form of hunting is the only form of fox control that recognises a closed season.’
    1. 1.1 A part of the year when a particular sport is not played:
      ‘many Crown Green bowlers play indoors in the close season’
      • ‘He has got himself very, very fit this close season and there is no doubt that we have got two very talented goalkeepers here.’
      • ‘United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that he is already thinking about significantly strengthening his squad in the close season.’
      • ‘Hill have clearly strengthened their side in the close season, and have made an early impact, recording good results against established Premier Division sides.’
      • ‘The questionnaire will also be distributed to the majority of season ticket holders during the close season.’
      • ‘Weight problems that have dogged him after recent close seasons have eased now he has taken advice on his diet.’
      • ‘His assistant is a former Everton player whom he coaxed into returning to the club in the close season.’
      • ‘Matt is one of the many hundreds of professional footballers who were released by clubs during the close season.’
      • ‘We haven't made too many changes in the close season so they even know each other and our system back to front.’
      • ‘Yes, because they've been soliciting loads of players during the close season.’
      • ‘The obvious time to make such reinforcements would have been in the brief close season that follows the end of the Masters Series and precedes the Australian Open this month.’
      • ‘They have been very active in the close season and have some selection decisions to make in identifying their optimum line-up.’
      • ‘The coach will spend the entire close season trying to find out what went wrong.’
      • ‘Last season was terrible for us, and the close season even worse, with a key player leaving the club.’
      • ‘The Wasps have been working overtime during the close season to rebuild their squad after the horrors of last year.’
      • ‘Four more players sought transfer forms in the close season and last week, four more announced they were leaving.’
      • ‘The Second Division club, who have been struggling throughout the close season to hang on to their players, have sent a letter to the league informing them of their decision.’
      • ‘United groundsmen will have some work to do during the close season to bring the playing surface up to Premier league standard.’
      • ‘I'm very impressed with how much you've all matured in the close season.’
      • ‘As the close season draws to an end many hundreds of professional footballers face an uncertain future.’
      • ‘Jackson has wasted no time in rebuilding his playing squad and three new players have all arrived in the close season.’


close season

/ˈkləʊz ˌsiːzn/