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  • n  an exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field
  • n  a cruelly rapacious person
  • n  any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
  • s  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
  • s  without official authorization
    wildcat work stoppage
  • s  (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

  • Significant figures bubbled up from oil-rich Texas to show how the independent oilmen are being frozen out of the oil industry, with the result that the number of new "wildcat".
  • The nations of the Continent have long belittled Britain for its inability to curb wildcat strikes.
  • Along them wanders Philip Marlowe, a cynical, perfectly hard-boiled private investigator hired by an old millionaire to find the husband of his beautiful, bitchy wildcat daughter.
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  • Adrian Peterson in ESPN
    I like [the Wildcat],Peterson said. "You've got guys out there: Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Chester, me and the quarterbacks. When you get the majority of those guys on the field you really can create some things."
  • Bob Stoops in Los Angeles Times
    It's not like one is a scrambling, wildcat kind of guy and you've got a whole different ballgame for him,Stoops said.
  • Bill Belichick in Boston Globe
    We'll have to be ready for all of those,Belichick said. "We want to be ready to defend [the Wildcat]. But at the same time, we don't want to commit so much time to it that we don't do a good job on the other things they do as well....

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