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in good season

In a timely manner. You are all fine candidates for the position, and I will inform you of my decision in good season.
See also: good, season

man for all seasons

A man who is successful and talented in many areas. Harold is a talented writer, director, and actor. He's a man for all seasons.
See also: all, man, season

woman for all seasons

A woman who is successful and talented in many areas. Judy paints, does photography, and writes novels. She's a woman for all seasons.
See also: all, season, woman

come into season

1. To be able to be hunted legally, as of a wild animal. We're going hunting this weekend, now that deer have come into season.
2. To be in a state of sexual excitement and able to breed, as of a female animal. Do you hear the stray cat howling and screeching at night? She must have come into season.
See also: come, season

silly season

A period during which news outlets cover frivolous or less serious news stories, typically during the summer when fewer topics are generated. Primarily heard in UK. I don't even buy the paper during the silly season because there's nothing worth reading about. You know it's the silly season when your assignment is to cover the circus.
See also: season, silly

come in(to) heat

 and come in(to) season
[for a female animal] to enter into the breeding season. This animal will come into heat in the spring. When did your dog come in season?
See also: come, heat

come into season

 
1. [for a game animal] to be subject to legal hunting. When do ducks come into season around here? Deer came into season just yesterday.
2. Go to come in(to) heat.
See also: come, season

in season

 
1. [of a game animal] subject to legal hunting. You cannot shoot ducks. They are not in season.
2. [of a female animal] ready to breed; in estrus; in heat. The cat's in season again.
3. to be currently available for selling. (Some foods and other things are available only at certain seasons. *Typically: be ~; come [into] ~.) Oysters are available in season. Strawberries aren't in season in January.
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off season

not in the busy time of the year. We don't have much to do off season. Things are very quiet around here off season.
See also: off, season

open season

(on some creature) a time of unrestricted hunting of a particular game animal. It's always open season on rabbits around here.
See also: open, season

open season (on someone)

Fig. a period of time when everyone is criticizing someone. (Based on open season (on some creature).) It seems as if it's always open season on politicians. At the news conference, it was open season on the mayor.
See also: open, season

out of season

 
1. not now available for sale. Sorry, oysters are out of season. We don't have any. Watermelon is out of season in the winter.
2. Fig. not now legally able to be hunted or caught. Are salmon out of season? I caught a trout out of season and had to pay a fine.
See also: of, out, season

season something with something

to make something more flavorful with specific spices and herbs. I always season my stews with lots of freshly ground black pepper. The chili was seasoned with cumin and allspice, among other things.
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in season

1. available fresh locally Strawberries are in season here in May and June.
Usage notes: usually said about food
2. at the time of year when something is popular In season, the rooms with an ocean view are more than $300 a night.
3. at the time of year when hunting or fishing is legal Trout are now in season, which means the rivers are full of people fishing.
Opposite of: out of season
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out of season

1. not available fresh locally Asparagus is out of season now and really expensive.
2. at the time of year when something is not popular We like going to beach towns out of season.
3. at the time of year when hunting or fishing is not legal He got fined for killing a deer out of season.
Opposite of: in season
See also: of, out, season

open season (on somebody/something)

a situation in which someone or something is criticized or treated unfairly City newspapers have declared open season on the mayor. She feels it's almost like someone has declared open season on anyone who looks like a foreigner.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of open season (the time of year when hunting is legal)
See also: open, season

a man for all seasons

  (slightly formal)
a man who is very successful in many different types of activity
Usage notes: This is the title of a play about Sir Thomas More.
He's chairman of a large chemicals company as well as a successful painter - really a man for all seasons.
See also: all, man, season

open season

a period of time when people criticize or unfairly treat a particular person or group of people (often + on ) With the publication of these two reports, it seems to be open season again on single mothers. Newspaper editors have declared open season on the royal family.
See also: open, season

the silly season

  (British & Australian informal)
a period of time in the summer when there is not much news, especially political news, so the newspapers have articles about events that are not important It's the silly season again, and as usual, the papers are full of stories about the Loch Ness Monster.
See play silly buggers
See also: season, silly

in season

1. At the right time, opportunely, as in "The two young men desired to get back again in good season" (Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, 1844).
2. Available and ready for eating, or other use; also, legal for hunting or fishing. For example, Strawberries are now in season, or Let me know when trout are in season and I'll go fishing with you. Both usages date from the 1300s, as does the antonym out of season, used for "inopportunely," "unavailable," and also for "not in fashion." For example, Sorry, oysters are out of season this month, or This style used to be very popular, but it's been out of season for several years.
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open season on

A period of unrestrained criticism or attack on something or someone, as in During an election year it's open season on all officeholders. This expression alludes to the period during which one may legally hunt or fish. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
See also: on, open, season

out of season

see under in season.
See also: of, out, season

in season

1. Available or ready for eating or other use.
2. Legally permitted to be caught or hunted during a specified period.
3. At the right moment; opportunely.
4. In heat. Used of animals.
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out of season

1. Not available, permitted, or ready to be eaten, caught, or hunted.
2. Not at the right or proper moment; inopportunely.
See also: of, out, season
References in classic literature ?
They know the routes and resorts of the trappers; where to waylay them on their journeys; where to find them in the hunting seasons, and where to hover about them in winter quarters.
When this important point shall be achieved, it will be in season to turn our attention to an improvement in the manufacture of the article, But thou knowest, Richard, that I have already subjected our sugar to the process of the refiner, and that the result has produced loaves as white as the snow on yon fields, and possessing the saccharine quality in its utmost purity.
said Kirby, looking up with a simplicity which, coupled with his gigantic frame and manly face, was a little ridiculous, “if you be for trade, mounsher, here is some as good sugar as you’ll find the season through.
I saw the tents of a white-face last season, after the Rains, and I also took a new yellow bridle to eat.
When I was in my third season, a young and a bold bird, I went down to the river where the big boats come in.
At the present time one of the most satisfactory features of the Christmas and Thanksgiving season at Tuskegee is the unselfish and beautiful way in which our graduates and students spend their time in administering to the comfort and happiness of others, especially the unfortunate.
Two years later, when the work at Tuskegee had grown considerably, and when we were in the midst of a season when we were so much in need of money that the future looked doubtful and gloomy, the same two Boston ladies sent us six thousand dollars.
All that we can do, is to keep steadily in mind that each organic being is striving to increase at a geometrical ratio; that each at some period of its life, during some season of the year, during each generation or at intervals, has to struggle for life, and to suffer great destruction.
We behold the face of nature bright with gladness, we often see superabundance of food; we do not see, or we forget, that the birds which are idly singing round us mostly live on insects or seeds, and are thus constantly destroying life; or we forget how largely these songsters, or their eggs, or their nestlings, are destroyed by birds and beasts of prey; we do not always bear in mind, that though food may be now superabundant, it is not so at all seasons of each recurring year.
But, probably, man did not live long on the earth without discovering the convenience which there is in a house, the domestic comforts, which phrase may have originally signified the satisfactions of the house more than of the family; though these must be extremely partial and occasional in those climates where the house is associated in our thoughts with winter or the rainy season chiefly, and two thirds of the year, except for a parasol, is unnecessary.
I believe that all races at some seasons wear something equivalent to the shirt.
Oldfield, she has given him to understand that I have refused his offer, not from any dislike of his person, but merely because I am giddy and young, and cannot at present reconcile myself to the thoughts of marriage under any circumstances: but by next season, she has no doubt, I shall have more sense, and hopes my girlish fancies will be worn away.
Several new kinds of plants sprang up in the garden, which they dressed; and these signs of comfort increased daily as the season advanced.
This frequently took place, but a high wind quickly dried the earth, and the season became far more pleasant than it had been.
I found now I had business enough to gather and carry home; and I resolved to lay up a store as well of grapes as limes and lemons, to furnish myself for the wet season, which I knew was approaching.