Open Season Definition

The period during which it is legal to hunt or catch certain game or fish.
American Heritage
A time of unrestrained activity, often criticism or harassment.
It's been open season on bankers since the credit crisis began.
American Heritage

(hunting, sometimes followed by on or for to designate the kind of animal hunted) A period of time during the calendar year when authorities within a jurisdiction permit the unrestricted hunting of one or more kinds of animal wildlife.


(idiomatic, often followed by on or for) A situation in which someone is endangered, blamed, harassed, or opposed in a sustained manner by a number of others; a situation in which something is endangered or otherwise opposed.

  • freedom to denounce
  • freedom to criticize
  • unrestricted hostility
  • license to kill

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