[ UK /wˈa‍ɪldkæt/ ]
[ US /ˈwaɪɫdˌkæt/ ]
  1. a cruelly rapacious person
  2. an exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field
  3. any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
  1. without official authorization
    wildcat work stoppage
    an unauthorized strike
  2. outside the bounds of legitimate or ethical business practices
    a wildcat airline
    wildcat life insurance schemes
    wildcat stock speculation
    wildcat currency issued by irresponsible banks
  3. (of a mine or oil well) drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive
    wildcat drilling
    wildcat wells
    a wildcat mine
    drilling there would be strictly a wildcat operation
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How To Use wildcat In A Sentence

  • Frustration, anger and desperation have led to a series of wildcat strikes.
  • Then she ran off, faster than any wildcat, and the men went on howling and shrieking, trying to untangle those knots.
  • Tiny though she was compared with her assailant, she fought like a wildcat.
  • wildcat work stoppage
  • The Wildcat is a cross-over from the biplane to the monoplane fighter.
  • S Ty Zimmerman — Joined the Wildcats as a grayshirt who enrolled last year part-time but could not engage in practices until this spring. Around the Big12 Conference
  • One of Britain's biggest oil refineries faced a second day of wildcat strikes. Times, Sunday Times
  • Tuitama, who was 27-of-50 for 321 yards and three TDs, got the Wildcats to 36-28, throwing a 28-yard TD strike to Juron Criner with 4: 38 to play. USATODAY.com
  • Resident hunk and winker extraordinaire Zac Efron took the reigns, stating This is the final year at East High for the Wildcats, so we're kind of deciding for ourselves what we should do with our futures. ‘High School Musical 3’ Cast Gear Up For Their Senior Year » MTV Movies Blog
  • This wildcat turned legit is one of the ones on my wish list for years. The .338 Federal: A rare moment of sanity, cartridge-wise
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