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1. At the point in the year when the item being discussed is being harvested and/or at its peak ripeness, most plentiful, etc. Tomatoes won't be in season until late summer.
2. At the point in the year when it is legal to hunt or catch the animal being discussed. Make sure you know what's in season before you go out hunting—the regulations are very strict.
3. Of an animal, in its breeding period; in heat. Be sure to steer clear of the bison when they're in season.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ˌin/ˌout of ˈseason
1 (of fruit, vegetables, fish, etc.) available/not available in shops/stores because it is the right/wrong time of year for them: Peaches are in season at the moment.
2 at the time of year when many/few people go on holiday/vacation: Hotels are much cheaper out of season.
3 during the time of year when you can/cannot hunt animals: You can’t shoot ducks out of season.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.