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a specific season or time of year when it is legal to catch or hunt for fish or game protected at all other times by the law.
a period of time in which a person or thing is exposed to criticism, attack, or recrimination:
Election year is open season on all incumbents.
a specified period of time in the year when it is legal to hunt or kill game or fish protected at other times by law
(often foll by on) a time when criticism or mistreatment is common: open season on women employees

noun phrase

The time when persons may be harmed, insulted, etc, with impunity: If we leave, it will be open season on Americans globally

[1914+; fr the time when game may be legally hunted, the term found by 1896]


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