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wildcat bank


noun

a bank that issued notes without adequate security in the period before the establishment of the national banking system in 1864.

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Nearby words

wild-card, wild-eyed, wild-goose chase, wild-headed, wildcat, wildcat bank, wildcat strike, wildcatter, wilde, wilde, oscar, wildean

Origin of wildcat bank

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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