Definition of open season in English:

open season

noun

  • 1The annual period when restrictions on the killing of certain types of wildlife, especially for sport, are lifted.

    • ‘Until the late 1920s millions of koalas were killed for their fur; in August 1927 alone, the last open season for koala hunting, more than half a million were killed in Queensland.’
    • ‘Is there an open season right there, or do the customers have to drive to go turkey hunting?’
    • ‘Further, the Commission recommended not only an annual close season but also a weekly close time during the open season.’
    • ‘However, the open season for brown trout doesn't start until March 22 on rivers from the Tees northwards and March 25 for rivers south of the Tees.’
    • ‘The superintendent determines the areas where hunting occurs and the Commonwealth determines the open season.’
    • ‘Often, I do a month-long camp in northern Wyoming where elk, deer, and other big game are open season - as well as wild turkeys.’
    • ‘It's open season again and time for the annual buck hunt!’
    • ‘Bluewings accounted for the bulk of birds taken, with Peach Point hunters taking about 15 mottled ducks during the brief open season.’
    • ‘Closed seasons themselves will not actually prevent a population decline unless culling levels are quite low even during the open season.’
    • ‘It could be open season for poachers at the region's beaches if a Ministry of Fisheries decision to halve policing is approved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Throughout the United States governmental agencies regulate hunting in regard to methods used to hunt these birds, the open season, and bag limits.’
    1. 1.1 A period when all restrictions on an activity, especially on criticizing a particular group, are abandoned.
      ‘it's open season on public figures’
      • ‘The open season for home improvements will soon be upon us.’
      • ‘But when people got round to the fact I was there and it was again open season for the name calling, it all started again.’
      • ‘But when it comes to those wacky heterosexual males, it's open season.’
      • ‘Now it is open season and the prime minister was harpooned - again.’
      • ‘Last year, it was open season on the company, but now when you look at the business as a whole, it makes it easier to concentrate on the shop floor.’
      • ‘When, on Monday, she told a reporter to ‘shove it’ (after wrongly denying a quote) it was open season for the media.’
      • ‘The annual general meeting season is turning into open season for a whole host of chief executives as investors vent their ire over poor performance.’
      • ‘Now, according to this study - and it's a study of U.S. workers - it's always open season at the office, whether you're married or not.’
      • ‘It seems to be open season against DPB recipients.’
      • ‘During the changeover, it's open season for criminals’
      • ‘We need open debate, not an open season on seaside pranks.’
      • ‘They surely cut a weird picture and the would-be hecklers sensed an open season until the old man began to talk.’
      • ‘Procrastinating and prevaricating in the matter would amount to sanctioning an open season on minorities.’
      • ‘It seems to be open season against domestic purposes benefit recipients.’
      • ‘Some of us in the English Countryside are feeling a bit bruised and put upon with it being an open season to insult and discriminate against us.’
      • ‘I think this constitutes open season, don't you?’
      • ‘When a player with talent comes along, it's open season for scouts, agents and the buscadores, or bird dogs, who act as go-betweens and collect finder's fees when they deliver a young player to a scout or an agent.’
      • ‘It was a clear penalty, and surely now it's open season.’
      • ‘Since Marcel Duchamp's bottle-rack shocker in 1914, it has been open season on the use of found objects in art, and last month in Auckland, the ready-made seemed particularly popular.’
      • ‘And yet, from Oslo to Athens, from London to Madrid, it has been virtually open season on them in the last few years, especially in supposedly liberal media.’

Pronunciation

open season