- field day
- noun1. (military) a day for military exercises and display• Hypernyms: ↑day2. a day for outdoor athletic competition• Hypernyms: ↑day3. a time of unusual pleasure and success4. a day devoted to an outdoor social gathering
* * *noun1.a. : a day when troops are given exercises or maneuvers in the fieldb. : an outdoor get-together held for entertainment and relaxation
the annual field day of a company unionc. : a day of open-air sports and athletic competition (as in schools)2. : a thorough general cleaning in the navy3.a. : an occasion marked usually by extreme fun or hilarity
the children had a field day when the teacher left the roomb. : an occasion or opportunity for unrestrained ridicule
the newspapers had a field day with the scandalc. : a period when full opportunity suddenly, unexpectedly, or finally appears to unleash and satisfy natural powers, thwarted ability, or restrained desire
the artillery had a field day with the retreating infantry
* * *1. a day devoted to outdoor sports or athletic contests, as at a school.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.[1740-50]
* * *field day noun1. A day when troops are taken out for instruction in field exercises2. A day spent on outdoor activities3. Any period of great activity, success or enjoyment• • •Main Entry: ↑field
* * *a sports dayPhrase: have a field day
* * *field day,1. a day for outdoor sports, games, and athletic contests.2. a day when soldiers or airmen perform drills, mock fights, or flyovers.3. Figurative. a day of unusual activity, display, or success: »
The children were having a field day at the beach, swimming and digging in the sand. The rally provided a field day for the new fashion of lapel buttons (Alistair Cooke).4. a day when explorations, scientific investigations, or the like, such as of a learned society, are carried on in the field.
* * *n.1) Military a review or an exercise, esp. in maneuvering2) a day devoted to athletic contests or other sporting events, typically at a school3) [in sing.] an opportunity for action, success, or excitement, esp. at the expense of others
shoplifters are having a field day in the store4) a day set aside for the display of agricultural machinery and crops, esp. corn and soybeans
* * *noun, pl ⋯ days [count]: a day of outdoor sports and athletic competition for school children
the fifth grade's annual field day: to get a lot of pleasure and enjoyment from doing something— used especially to describe getting enjoyment from criticizing someone, making fun of someone, etc.
If word of his involvement in this scandal ever leaks out, the newspapers are going to have a field day.
Journalists have had a field day with this scandal.
* * *a special day at school when there are no classes and children compete in sports eventsIdiom: ↑have a field daySee also: ↑sports day
Useful english dictionary. 2012.