field day

a day devoted to outdoor sports or athletic contests, as at a school.
an outdoor gathering; outing; picnic.
a day for military exercises and display.
an occasion or opportunity for unrestricted activity, amusement, etc.: The children had a field day with their new skateboards.

1740–50 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
field day
1.  a day spent in some special outdoor activity, such as nature study or sport
2.  a day-long competition between amateur radio operators using battery or generator power, the aim being to make the most contacts with other operators around the world
3.  military a day devoted to manoeuvres or exercises, esp before an audience
4.  informal a day or time of exciting or successful activity: the children had a field day with their new toys
5.  (Austral)
 a.  a day or series of days devoted to the demonstration of farm machinery in country centres
 b.  a combined open day and sale on a stud property

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Idioms & Phrases

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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
No wonder the anti-science majority have such a field day shooting us down.
Every predator in the area would have an immediate field day.
In this scenario moralists and reformers would have a field day.
Our partisan politicians must refrain from taking sides and making a field day
  out of unfinished science.
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