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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.
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.
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.
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.
A period during which news outlets cover frivolous or less serious news stories, typically during the summer when fewer topics are generated. 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.
come in(to) heatand 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?
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.
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.
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.
(on some creature) a time of unrestricted hunting of a particular game animal. It's always open season on rabbits around here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
out of season
see under in 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.
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.
out of season
1. Not available, permitted, or ready to be eaten, caught, or hunted.
2. Not at the right or proper moment; inopportunely.