field day definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a day devoted to military exercises and display
- a day of athletic events and contests
- ☆ a day spent in outdoor scientific study
- an occasion of enjoyably exciting events, extraordinary opportunity, or highly successful activity: the press had a field day with the senator's confession
field day definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. A day set aside for sports or athletic competition.b. An outdoor meeting, social event, or festivity.c. A day for military exercises, maneuvers, or display.
- Informal A time of great pleasure, activity, or opportunity: The media had a field day with the sensational story.
field day - Phrases/Idioms
A time of great pleasure, activity, or opportunity, as in The press had a field day with this sensational murder trial. This colloquial expression, dating from the 1700s, originally referred to a day set aside for military maneuvers and exercises, and later was extended to a similar day for sports and games. Since the early 1800s it has been used more loosely.