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wildcat bank

noun
1.
a bank that issued notes without adequate security in the period before the establishment of the national banking system in 1864.
Origin of wildcat bank
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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  • Well, I can't go back to him and resume, no more'n a wildcat bank.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable

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