One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a fruit, vegetable, or other food) not grown or available at the time of year in question.‘oranges are out of season’‘customer demand for out of season crops’
- ‘I probably wouldn't choose a dish with zucchini out of season because I know that it wouldn't taste of anything.’
- ‘Anyone with half a brain knew that persimmons were out of season.’
- ‘We just can't go on repeating the same old mistakes, for example flying fruit and vegetables to our supermarkets out of season.’
- ‘Strawberries will be woefully out of season for another few months.’
- ‘A greenhouse has controlled temperature, humidity and light so that exotic plants can be grown outside their natural climates and produce flowers and fruits out of season.’
2At the time of year when a place is less popular or fashionable.‘English seaside resorts out of season famously possess a melancholy charm’‘it had the feel of an out of season ski resort’
- ‘The resorts become virtual ghost towns out of season.’
- ‘Blackpool out of season, like most seaside resorts, is a town not at its best.’
- ‘This beach, out of season, is reliably lonely.’
- ‘Because space is limited and saturation-point quickly reached, the best time to visit the Amalfi coast is out of season.’
- ‘The British Tourist Authority in Sydney can provide literature on travel and accommodation, but 'out of season' it is rare to experience any problems finding a place to 'lay your head down'.’
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