Definition of open season in English:

open season

Syllabification: o·pen sea·son

noun

[in singular]
  • 1A period when restrictions on the hunting of certain types of wildlife are lifted.
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    • 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.
    • Further, the Commission recommended not only an annual close season but also a weekly close time during the open season.
  • 1.1A 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
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    • 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.

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