Wildcat meaning

wīldkăt
Undertaken by workers without approval of the officials of their union.

A wildcat strike.

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Any of various wild felines of small to medium size, including the bobcat and the caracal.
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A small wild feline (Felis silvestris) of Eurasia and Africa, generally regarded as being the ancestor of the domestic cat.
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An oil or natural-gas well drilled in an area not known to be productive.
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A workers' strike unauthorized by their union.
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Of, relating to, or being an oil or natural-gas well drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive.
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To prospect for (oil, for example) in an area supposed to be unproductive.
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To prospect for oil or other minerals in an area not known to be productive.
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To go out on an unauthorized labor strike.
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Any person regarded as like a wildcat in fierceness, aggressiveness, etc.
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An unsound or risky business scheme.
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An oil well drilled in an area not previously known to have oil.
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Unsound or financially risky.

A wildcat venture.

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Designating or of an enterprise or undertaking that is illegal, unethical, irregular, unauthorized, etc.; specif., designating a labor strike in violation of a contract and not officially authorized by the union representing the strikers.
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To drill for oil in an area previously considered unproductive.
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To engage in wildcat enterprises, etc.
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A species of cat, Felis silvestris.
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Any undomesticated species of cat.
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(figuratively) A person who acts like a wildcat, often sexually.
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Industrial action carried out without authorization of trade unions; short for "wildcat strike" or "wildcat action".

A wildcat broke out after the management announced the plan for redundancy.

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(firearms) A caliber of ammunition derived by amending another type of cartridge and not made by commercial manufacturers.
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(American football) An offensive formation characterized by a direct snap to a running back and an unbalanced offensive line.
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Relating to oil exploration in an area where no oil has been found before.
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Unauthorized by the proper authorities.

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To drill for oil in an area where no oil has been found before.

You'd have to be very rich or very desperate to go wildcatting that far east.

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