Wildcat - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈwaɪldkæt|  American pronunciation of the word wildcat
Brit.  |ˈwʌɪl(d)kat|  British pronunciation of the word wildcat

noun

- an exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field
- a cruelly rapacious person (syn: beast, brute, savage, wolf)
- any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild

adjective

- outside the bounds of legitimate or ethical business practices
- without official authorization(syn: unauthorised, unauthorized)
- (of a mine or oil well) drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive

Examples

wildcat currency issued by irresponsible banks

drilling there would be strictly a wildcat operation

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