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open season

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Definition of open season in English:

noun

[in singular]
1The annual period when restrictions on the killing of certain types of wildlife, especially for sport, are lifted.
Example sentences
  • 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 an activity, especially on criticizing a particular group, are abandoned: it’s open season on public figures
More example sentences
  • 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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