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wildcat
'wildcat' - used as an adjective
1. outside the bounds of legitimate or ethical business practices
wildcat currency issued by irresponsible banks
wildcat stock speculation
a wildcat airline
wildcat life insurance schemes
2. without official authorization
wildcat work stoppage
3. (of a mine or oil well) drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive
drilling there would be strictly a wildcat operation
a wildcat mine
wildcat drilling
wildcat wells

'wildcat' - used as a noun
4. an exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field
5. a cruelly rapacious person
6. any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
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