wildcatter


wild·cat·ter

noun \-ˌka-tər\

Definition of WILDCATTER

1
:  one that drills wells in the hope of finding oil in territory not known to be an oil field
2
:  one that promotes unsafe and unreliable enterprises; especially :  one that sells stocks in such enterprises
3
:  one that designs, builds, or fires wildcat cartridges and firearms
4
:  a worker who goes out on a wildcat strike

First Known Use of WILDCATTER

1883

Other Mining and Drilling Terms

ore, trepan, wildcat

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