Having a field day

The kids are having a field day, © Allegretto | Dreamstime.com

If you have a field day you are having the opportunity to do a lot of something you really enjoy or like.  This expression stems from having a day off from regular work, going on a field trip and having a good time.

“Having a field day” is often used when one is criticizing somebody and enjoying it as in the example: “If the newspaper ever found out about his drinking problem they would have field day.”

It is also used when one enjoys something otherwise off-limits or forbidden.  example: ” With senior management at a retreat everybody else at the office had a field day.”

It is also used to express that somebody is just having fun:  the kids were having a field day going trick or treating on Halloween.

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