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silly season

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
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • This looks like the subject of a silly-season correspondence in The Daily Telegraph.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • Now, is it only a 'silly-season' cry, this grievance about no houses, or is it true?

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for silly-season

silly season

(Brit) a period, usually during the hot summer months, when journalists fill space reporting on frivolous events and activities
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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A white person: So did the silks on the Knapp Commission ever ask about the rate of drug busts? (1960s+ Black)

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