Wild-west meaning

The western United States during the period of its settlement, especially with reference to its lawlessness.
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The W U.S. in its early frontier period of lawlessness.
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The western United States during the 19th-century era of settlement, commonly believed to be lawless and unruly.
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(by extension) A place or situation in which disorderly behavior prevails, especially due to a lack of regulatory oversight or an inadequate legal system.

The CEO commented that the Russian business environment of the 1990s was the Wild West.

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