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silly season

noun
1.
a time of year, usually in midsummer or during a holiday period, characterized by exaggerated news stories, frivolous entertainments, outlandish publicity stunts, etc.:
The new movie reminds us that the silly season is here.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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Examples from the web for silly season
  • We are at the height of the silly season and it has been a pretty boring race so far, so the pot will be stirred.
  • However, it is the silly season before the mid-term elections when ridiculous claims are all too common.
  • Although it's silly season, some prestige pics pop up, too.
  • The silly season seems surely to be here, with a vengeance.
  • The months leading up to elections have long been known as a silly season.
  • The months leading up to elections have long been known as the silly season.
British Dictionary definitions for silly season

silly season

noun
1.
(Brit) a period, usually during the hot summer months, when journalists fill space reporting on frivolous events and activities
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Slang definitions & phrases for silly season

silly season

noun phrase

Any period when people do silly things, esp when these are reported in the news media

[1861+; fr a term designating the months of August and September, when Parliament was not sitting and valid and useful news was scarce, and the newspapers resorted to reporting frivolities and trivialities]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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