wildcatter
noun Date: 1883 1. one that drills wells in the hope of finding oil in territory not known to be an oil field 2. one that promotes unsafe and unreliable enterprises; especially one that sells stocks in such enterprises 3. one that designs, builds, or fires wildcat cartridges and firearms 4. a worker who goes out on a wildcat strike

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  • Wildcatter — A wildcatter is a person who drills oil wells in areas that are not in advance known to be oil fields. A wildcatter notable for his success was Texan oil tycoon Glenn McCarthy.ee also*Texas wildcatters *Hydrocarbon explorationExternal links*… …   Wikipedia

  • wildcatter — wildcat wildcat 2 verb [intransitive] to look for oil in a place where no one has found it yet wildcatter noun [countable] : • Oklahoma wildcatters struck oil in the late 1920s. * * * Ⅰ. wildcat UK US /ˈwaɪl …   Financial and business terms

  • wildcatter — noun a) Someone who drills for oil speculatively Roy Weatherby began his career in the firearms industry as a “wildcatter”, developing his revolutionary ideas about rifle cartridge performance and design.[ …   Wiktionary

  • wildcatter — wildcat ► NOUN 1) a small Eurasian and African cat, typically grey with black markings and a bushy tail, believed to be the ancestor of the domestic cat. 2) a hot tempered or ferocious person. 3) an exploratory oil well. ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a… …   English terms dictionary

  • wildcatter — /wuyld kat euhr/, n. 1. an oil prospector. 2. a person who promotes risky or unsound business ventures. 3. a person who participates in a wildcat strike. [1880 85, Amer.; WILDCAT + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • wildcatter — n. person who hunts for oil (Slang); promoter of risky enterprises, person who takes risks (e.g. in business) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wildcatter — wild·cat·ter …   English syllables

  • wildcatter — wild•cat•ter [[t]ˈwaɪldˌkæt ər[/t]] n. 1) bus an oil prospector 2) bus a person who promotes risky or unsound business ventures 3) gov bus a person who participates in a wildcat strike • Etymology: 1880–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • wildcatter — /ˈwaɪldkætə/ (say wuyldkatuh) noun US Colloquial someone who prospects for oil or ores; a prospector. {wildcat (def. 8) + t + er1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • wildcatter — noun an oilman who drills exploratory wells in territory not known to be an oil field (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑oilman …   Useful english dictionary

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