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field day

noun
1.
a day devoted to outdoor sports or athletic contests, as at a school.
2.
an outdoor gathering; outing; picnic.
3.
a day for military exercises and display.
4.
an occasion or opportunity for unrestricted activity, amusement, etc.:
The children had a field day with their new skateboards.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50
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British Dictionary definitions for field-day

field day

noun
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)
  1. a day or series of days devoted to the demonstration of farm machinery in country centres
  2. a combined open day and sale on a stud property
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Word Origin and History for field-day

field day

n.

1747, originally a day of military exercise and review (see field (v.)); figurative sense is from 1827.

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Slang definitions & phrases for field-day

field day

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have a field day


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with field-day

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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