wild card
noun Etymology: wild card, playing card with arbitrarily determined value Date: 1971 1. an unknown or unpredictable factor 2. one picked to fill a leftover playoff or tournament berth after regularly qualifying competitors have all been determined 3. (usually wildcard) a symbol (as ? or *) used in a keyword database search to represent the presence of zero, one, or more than one unspecified characters

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • wild card — wild cards 1) N COUNT: oft N in n If you refer to someone or something as a wild card in a particular situation, you mean that they cause uncertainty because you do not know how they will behave. The wild card in the picture is eastern Europe.… …   English dictionary

  • wild card — wild .card n 1.) a playing card that can represent any other card 2.) someone whose behaviour or effect on a situation is difficult to guess 3.) a player who is a wild card or who is given a wild card is chosen for a competition although they… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Wild Card — Wild|card, die; , s, Wild Card, die; , s [ wa̮iltka:ɐ̯t ; engl. wild card, eigtl. = wilde (= beliebig verwendbare) Spielkarte] (Sport, bes. Tennis): (vom Veranstalter erteilte) Berechtigung, an einem Turnier od. Wettkampf teilzunehmen, ohne die… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • wild card — 1927, in figurative sense, from literal use in poker, from WILD (Cf. wild) (adj.) + CARD (Cf. card) (n.). Sports team sense first recorded 1959 …   Etymology dictionary

  • wild card — wild ,card noun count 1. ) COMPUTING a sign or symbol used for representing any letter or number. The most common wild card is the asterisk (*). a ) in a game of cards, a card that can be used by a player to represent any card they choose 2. )… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wild card — n. 1. Card Games a card that has been declared wild ☆ 2. Sports any of the teams, other than those that finish in first and sometimes second place, that qualify for a championship playoff 3. Slang an element that cannot be predicted or controlled …   English World dictionary

  • wild card — loc.s.f.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} TS sport spec. nel tennis, invito che permette a un atleta di particolare richiamo di partecipare a un torneo pur non essendosi iscritto in tempo o pur non avendo il necessario punteggio in classifica {{line}} …   Dizionario italiano

  • wild card — ► NOUN 1) a playing card that can have any value, suit, colour, or other property in a game at the discretion of the player holding it. 2) a person or thing whose qualities are uncertain. 3) Computing a character that will match any character or… …   English terms dictionary

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