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wildcat

modifier

Done or ventured individually, apart from ordinary corporate structures: a wildcat well/ a wildcat cab (1883+)

noun
  1. A mixture of the drugs cat (metcathenone) and cocaine (1990s+ Narcotics)
  2. (also wildcat strike) A strike not authorized by the union authorities (1937+ Labor union)
verb

To drill for oil, esp without strong corporate and financial backing (1877+)

[fr the independent behavior of feral felines; in the 1840s a Western bank issued banknotes picturing a wildcat and then suspended payment; in early 1900s show business, to wild-cat meant to book a theater tour day-by-day]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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