Meaning of open season in English:

open season

Pronunciation /ˌəʊp(ə)n ˈsiːzn/

Translate open season into Spanish


in singular
  • 1The annual period when restrictions on the killing of certain types of wildlife, especially for sport, are lifted.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Throughout the United States governmental agencies regulate hunting in regard to methods used to hunt these birds, the open season, and bag limits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The superintendent determines the areas where hunting occurs and the Commonwealth determines the open season.’
    • ‘Is there an open season right there, or do the customers have to drive to go turkey hunting?’
    • ‘It's open season again and time for the annual buck hunt!’
    • ‘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 could be open season for poachers at the region's beaches if a Ministry of Fisheries decision to halve policing is approved.’
    1. 1.1A period when all restrictions on an activity, especially on criticizing a particular group, are abandoned.
      ‘it's open season on public figures’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The open season for home improvements will soon be upon us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During the changeover, it's open season for criminals’
      • ‘It seems to be open season against DPB recipients.’
      • ‘It was a clear penalty, and surely now it's open season.’
      • ‘But when it comes to those wacky heterosexual males, it's open season.’
      • ‘It seems to be open season against domestic purposes benefit 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.’
      • ‘They surely cut a weird picture and the would-be hecklers sensed an open season until the old man began to talk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now it is open season and the prime minister was harpooned - again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think this constitutes open season, don't you?’