open season Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"open season" in British English

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open seasonnoun

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[S or U] the ​period in the ​year when it is ​legal to ​huntparticularanimals
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[U] a ​situation that ​allows or ​causes a ​particulargroup of ​people to be ​treatedunfairly: To ​pass this ​legislation would be to declareopenseason onhomosexuals.
(Definition of open season from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"open season" in American English

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open seasonnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈoʊ·pən ˈsi·zən/
the ​period in the ​year when it is ​legal to ​huntparticularanimals: If ​wolves are taken off the ​endangeredlist, does that ​mean it's open season for hunters? fig. The ​mayor has ​declared open season on jaywalkers.
(Definition of open season from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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