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open season (on someone or something)

1. A period of unrestricted hunting on a particular type of animal. Because of the problems with overpopulation, the governor declared open season on deer across the entire state.
2. By extension, a situation or period of time in which someone or something is open to constant, unyielding criticism, scorn, or mistreatment. It's going to be open season if news of this scandal reaches the public. The president seems to be declaring open season on all politicians who disagree with his policies.
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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.
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open season

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

COMMON If you say that it is open season on someone or something, you mean that a lot of people are criticizing or attacking them. It's been open season on bankers since the recession started. The press has long declared open season on the royals. Note: In hunting, the open season is the period of the year when it is legal to hunt particular types of animals or birds.
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Bona fide potential shippers that desire to receive copies of the open season documents are required to execute a confidentiality agreement and may direct their requests for a confidentiality agreement to the following e-mail address: dlDA_ETCO@energytransfer.
American Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:AMID) disclosed on Friday that it has extended the open season for crude oil deliveries to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in Watford City, to 17:00 CT on 31 July 2017, for some modifications requested by shippers.
Shippers making long-term volume commitments during the open season will be eligible to receive firm service for their committed volumes.
This first phase of the Open Season process offers potential shippers the possibility to register their interest in booking capacity in the pipeline and to request access to the Open Season documents, following which they can provide non-binding capacity bookings.
During open season, companies involved in the Alaska Pipeline Project (a joint effort of TransCanada and ExxonMobil) and Denali-The Alaska Gas Pipeline (a joint effort of ConocoPhillips and BP PLC) will solicit bids from shippers to offer firm commitments to ship natural gas through their proposed pipelines.
Also, work is under way to prepare a credible cost estimate that will provide the basis for Denali's open season commercial offering.
today announced a non-binding open season for a proposed expansion of its existing Texas Eastern Transmission (Texas Eastern) mainline infrastructure.
Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline Inc (NASDAQ-OTCBB: SSTA), a US-based company that transports natural gas, has announced a new delivery project and the commencement of an open season to solicit binding bids for new firm deliveries to Northern Natural Gas (NNG).
When the open season concluded, the North Baja pipeline system operators had received indicative bids from seven, liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal developers or suppliers totaling 5.
The open season for enrollment ends on 31 January 2002.
A subsidiary of Plains All American Pipeline, LP announced that it has received sufficient binding commitments on its initial open season and that it is proceeding with construction of a new pipeline system from the Permian Basin to the Corpus Christi/Ingleside area.
M2 EQUITYBITES-March 20, 2017-Cheniere Energy plans commercial agreements & launch of binding open season for Midship pipeline project
Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced that there will be a Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Open Season from Thursday, September 1, through Friday, September 30, 2016.
Saddle Butte Rockies Midstream, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Saddle Butte Pipeline O, LLC, held a biding open season ending on Oct.