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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We just can't go on repeating the same old mistakes, for example flying fruit and vegetables to our supermarkets out of season.’
- ‘Anyone with half a brain knew that persimmons were out of season.’
- ‘Strawberries will be woefully out of season for another few months.’
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’
- ‘This beach, out of season, is reliably lonely.’
- ‘The resorts become virtual ghost towns out of season.’
- ‘Because space is limited and saturation-point quickly reached, the best time to visit the Amalfi coast is out of season.’
- ‘Blackpool out of season, like most seaside resorts, is a town not at its best.’
- ‘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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