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field day

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Etymology

Apparently the idiom is derived from the military use. A parade is much easier than the soldiers’ usual drilling and forced exercise.

Noun

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field day

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  1. (military) A parade day. In the Navy and Marine Corps, "field day" refers to a thorough cleaning of the ship's spaces or on-shore living and work areas.
  2. A school day for athletic events; a sports day.
  3. A day of class taken away from school for a field trip.
  4. (idiomatic) A great time or a great deal to do.
    They went to the park and had a field day playing on the swings.
  5. (idiomatic) A great time or a great deal to do, at somebody else's expense.
    The reporters will have a field day with a comment like that.
    The scandal was a field day for the press.
  6. (US Navy) Top-to-bottom all-hands cleaning

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