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wildcatter

[ wahyld-kat-er ]
/ ˈwaɪldˌkæt ər /
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noun

an oil prospector.
a person who promotes risky or unsound business ventures.
a person who participates in a 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
/ (ˈwaɪldˌkætə) /

noun

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