wild-cat

Wild-cat

Wild"-cat`\, a. 1. Unsound; worthless; irresponsible; unsafe; -- said to have been originally applied to the notes of an insolvent bank in Michigan upon which there was the figure of a panther.

2. (Railroad) Running without control; running along the line without a train; as, a wild-cat locomotive.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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