: to prospect and drill an experimental oil or gas well or sink a mine shaft in territory not known to be productive
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Trent Mosely scored from the wildcat formation on the next play to pull the visitors within 21-14.—Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 Two plays later, Colorado State tight end Dallin Holker scored on a 5-yard run out of the wildcat, boosting the Rams’ advantage to 15-0.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2023 Now, the future of these felines may lie in programs that release captive wildcats into the Scottish Highlands.—Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Nov. 2023 Simultaneously, Israeli settlers are establishing wildcat herding outposts at close to record levels, often near Palestinian villages, according to land assessments by Kerem Navot, an independent Israeli watchdog that monitors settlement activity.—Gabby Sobelman, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Lovers of wildlife can see monkeys, sloths, wildcats, whales, reptiles, and sea turtles in their natural habitats.—Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 12 Oct. 2023 Fishing, tourism and wildcat gold mining have long been among the main sources of income.—Julie Turkewitz Federico Rios, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 The versatile Bates, the state runner-up in the 300 hurdles in track, will be used as a wildcat quarterback, could play wide receiver and other positions on offense and could see time at cornerback and returning kicks.—Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2023 It was capped off by a 20-yard touchdown run from senior Mason Tanoa, who lined up at quarterback in a wildcat formation.—Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2023
To the family’s surprise, Dad rescues a kitten that turns out to be more wildcat than fluffy companion.—Terry Hong, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Oct. 2023 Michigan State football commit Nick Marsh, recruited as a wide receiver, took three wildcat snaps and reached the end zone on the third attempt, from the 4-yard line, with 32 seconds to play.—Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, 26 Aug. 2023 Deep in the Brazilian Amazon in early February, wildcat miners sped down the Uraricoera River slicing through the Yanomami Indigenous reserve in three motorboats packed with barrels of gasoline and plastic foam boxes of meat.—Ana Ionova, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Apr. 2023 Oklahoma is just an off-center place that this wildcat rogueness could be rewarded.—Philip Elliott, Time, 29 June 2023 This not only reduces demand for wildcat skins but also preserves one of the Lozi people's most important ceremonial events.—Catherine Garcia, The Week, 8 June 2023 Keen to send a clear message from the start, Lula made expelling the wildcat miners from the Yanomami reserve one of his first major acts since taking office on Jan. 1.—Ana Ionova, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Apr. 2023 Whereas the ancestors of dogs roamed in packs and learned sophisticated strategies for interacting socially with other animals, the wildcat progenitors of today's house cats were more solitary animals.—Julia Calderone, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2015 Because wildcats typically defend a single territory for life, Driscoll expected that the genetic composition of wildcat groups would vary across their geographical ranges but remain stable over time, as is observed in many other felid species.—Andrew C. Kitchener, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2015 See More
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