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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 of silly season
1870-1875
1870-75
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  • Those newspaper fellows got hold of it for the silly season and ran it to death, but it's the best possible place in the world.

  • But as all such diplomatic flurries do, this one will pass, leaving the flatness of the silly season upon us.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • The general population, eager for a silly season diversion, chose sides with religious fervor.

  • The newspapers had exhausted the stunt of the silly season and were at their flattest and most yawn-provoking.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • Probably in ridicule of the remarkable showers which used to find their way into the papers during the silly season.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • I call the time which has passed wise, because that which succeeds is universally known as the silly season.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • We'll look after ducal mansions in the silly season, when everybody's out of town.

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

silk

noun

A white person: So did the silks on the Knapp Commission ever ask about the rate of drug busts? (1960s+ Black)

Related Terms

hit the silk

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