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wildcatter

[wahyld-kat-er]
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noun
  1. an oil prospector.
  2. a person who promotes risky or unsound business ventures.
  3. wildcat strike.
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Origin of wildcatter

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; wildcat + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for wildcatter

wildcatter

noun
  1. US and Canadian informal a prospector for oil or ores in areas having no proved resources
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