Definition of open season in US English:

open season


  • 1A period when restrictions on the hunting of certain types of wildlife are lifted.

    • ‘Closed seasons themselves will not actually prevent a population decline unless culling levels are quite low even during the open season.’
    • ‘The superintendent determines the areas where hunting occurs and the Commonwealth determines 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.’
    • ‘It's open season again and time for the annual buck hunt!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Bluewings accounted for the bulk of birds taken, with Peach Point hunters taking about 15 mottled ducks during the brief open season.’
    • ‘Further, the Commission recommended not only an annual close season but also a weekly close time during the open season.’
    • ‘Throughout the United States governmental agencies regulate hunting in regard to methods used to hunt these birds, the open season, and bag limits.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A period when all restrictions on a particular activity or product are abandoned or ignored.
      ‘an hour before departure, it's open season on all remaining seats’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They surely cut a weird picture and the would-be hecklers sensed an open season until the old man began to talk.’
      • ‘Now it is open season and the prime minister was harpooned - again.’
      • ‘I think this constitutes open season, don't you?’
      • ‘But when it comes to those wacky heterosexual males, it's open season.’
      • ‘It seems to be open season against DPB 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.’
      • ‘During the changeover, it's open season for criminals’
      • ‘It seems to be open season against domestic purposes benefit recipients.’
      • ‘The open season for home improvements will soon be upon us.’
      • ‘We need open debate, not an open season on seaside pranks.’
      • ‘Procrastinating and prevaricating in the matter would amount to sanctioning an open season on minorities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When, on Monday, she told a reporter to ‘shove it’ (after wrongly denying a quote) it was open season for the media.’


open season

/ˈoʊpən ˈsizən//ˈōpən ˈsēzən/