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a field day

The freedom or an opportunity to do a lot of something one wants. (Often, news outlets are said to be "having a field day" if they are criticizing someone.) The press is going to have a field day if this story gets out. Our team has been having a field day going over all the information the study produced.
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field day

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.
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The field days are May 3 at Spavinaw Wildlife Management Area headquarters near Spavinaw, May 4 at the Groendyke North Ranch near Enid, and June 6 at the Pushmataha Wildlife Management Area near Clayton.
The Field Day was hosted by Ruthin livestock market.
The winners will represent Clwyd in the national Field Day finals next month.
Field Day, owned by Ballymacoll Stud, clinched her second win in three starts at Salisbury this month.
Prior to the Track and Field Day, McCain will host a Roadshow at the Oval Basin, Cardiff Bay, on Saturday, September 20, from 11am-4pm to provide a fun taster of athletics and encourage the local community to sign up and try the real thing the following day.
Members of Northumberland Young Farmers Club are practising hard for the forthcoming Northern Area Field Day to be held tomorrow.
Toronto -- When the Canadian mainstream media had a field day over Mel Gibson's drunken manic outburst, it took a Jewish convert to Catholicism to provide some perspective.
I had asked where the saying `having a field day' came from.
Valle Crucis, NC CFSA Field Day: Farmscaping and Pest Scouting at ASU.
The one and only Jenifer Lewis has a field day as Deena Jones, a faded '70s recording artist with a big gay following desperate to make a comeback.
Hollywood stars are all over the place, to the delight of the gossip-column types who are having a field day keeping track of their wining and dinning habits.
Aboriginal artist Michael Nelson Jagamara has a field day with action painting, belting out eye-bruising gestural enlargements of tribal motifs; while New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai lays Maori claim to Western pop with an installation/performance involving ten hollow-body electric guitars inlaid with paua shells in traditional kowhaiwhai patterns.
Editorial cartoonists had a field day, late-night talk show hosts made jokes at Falwell's expense and several newspaper columnists weighed in.
With such an example of cosmic violence close to home, astronomers should have a field day studying black holes and galactic mergers.
I can imagine my colleagues having a field day with it, and indeed, I would have a field day with it myself if anyone else did the same.