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    field day

    Dear all,

    If you just hear "field day" what do you think of?

    Is it a field trip or sports day? Or something else?

    Thank you.

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    Re: field day

    I think of stuff like this.

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    Re: field day

    It reminds me of nothing except the phrase/idiom "He's having an absolute field day with ...". I readily admit that, until today, I have never bothered to wonder what a field day is!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: field day

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    If you just hear "field day" what do you think of?

    Is it a field trip or sports day? Or something else?

    Thank you.

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    I think of stuff like this: have a field day - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    #5
    The original meaning was a sports day at a public (BrE) or private (AmE) school. I imagine it is still used that way occasionally, but I agree with emsr2d2 that the metaphorical meaning she gave is the most common usage tofay.

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    #6

    Re: field day

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The original meaning was a sports day at a public (BrE) or private (AmE) school.
    At my school, Field Day was the day when the wimps stayed in school, while the manly members of the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) went out shooting each other. Sports Day was the day when the wimps clapped politely while the manly athletes ran, jumped and threw things. I imagine these manly chaps took a cold shower at the end of both days.

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