wildcatter

[wahyld-kat-er]
noun
1.
an oil prospector.
2.
a person who promotes risky or unsound business ventures.
3.
a person who participates in a wildcat strike.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; wildcat + -er1

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wildcatter (ˈwaɪldˌkætə)
 
n
informal (US), (Canadian) a prospector for oil or ores in areas having no proved resources

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Example sentences
Each began his foray into oil as a wildcatter, striking it rich through a combination of intuition and bravado.
The policy is rather disturbing to the professional wildcatter, but makes for honest mining.
The day of the wildcatter and his weird promotion is a tale that is told.
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