wildcat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wildcat (of a mine or oil well) drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive "drilling there would be strictly a wildcat operation","a wildcat mine","wildcat drilling","wildcat wells"
    • adj wildcat without official authorization "an unauthorized strike","wildcat work stoppage"
    • adj wildcat outside the bounds of legitimate or ethical business practices "wildcat currency issued by irresponsible banks","wildcat stock speculation","a wildcat airline","wildcat life insurance schemes"
    • n wildcat any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
    • n wildcat an exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field
    • n wildcat a cruelly rapacious person
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Usage

In literature:

One could imagine her fighting like a wildcat for the man she loved.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Many and many's the times I see my old grand-daddy kick and cuff Cousin Wildcat.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The Russian girl turned on him like a wildcat.
"The Solar Magnet" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
Peter could lick his weight in wildcats, as the saying goes, and was always ready to do it at the fall of a hat.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
But it's no wildcat.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
I'd rather face a nervous wildcat than face a angry boob!
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
And when we went to that old, abandoned wildcat well, we found the shaft opening!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
The beast was indeed a wildcat, and as it came from cover it swung around for a brief instant to gaze savagely at the boys.
"Dave Porter At Bear Camp" by Edward Stratemeyer
If he is not devoured by the wildcats or killed by the serpents I will have him here to-morrow.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
Twisting, struggling, writhing, cursing, two men lay upon the ground held in a fierce embrace, much in the manner of two wildcats.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

Two tongues from the depths,
Alike only as a yellow cat and a green parrot are alike,
Fling their staccato tantalizations
Into a wildcat jabber
Over a gossamer web of unanswerables.
"Jabberers" by Carl Sandburg
Well, dey talked an' made dey 'bejunce, des lak critters do,
An' dey walked an' p'omenaded 'roun' an' thoo an' thoo;
Jealous ol' Mis' Fox, she whispah, "See Mis' Wildcat daih,
Ain't hit scan'lous, huh a-comin' wid huh shouldahs baih?"
"De Critters' Dance" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Wildcats fall to Galena in opener.
The Cassville Wildcats struggled offensively before making a final surge and dropped their season opener 65-56 to the Galena Bulldogs on Friday night at home.
It was a rough time in Gilmer County for the Paden City faithful as the varsity football Wildcats fell to the Gilmer County Titans, 50-8.
Going to the New York Jets to be a Wildcat quarterback won't help him develop as a quarterback.
Braves, Wildcats go deep seven times as BSHS falls.
Here are the former Wildcats playing a game of one-on-one during some down time.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. What a great week this could prove to be for the Big Blue Nation and their beloved basketball Wildcats.
The Wildcat Doth Protest Too Much Edition.
Springdale Har -Ber Wildcats Surge After Early Deficit.
Look at the Wildcats in recent games for evidence of that.
On Dec 13, the Cassville Wildcats faced off against Branson at home.
Arizona Wildcats senior Brigetta Barrett will go for a medal Saturday in the women's high jump at the London Olympics.
I am a former Wildcat.
The Jets have yet to unveil their Wildcat offense against an opposing defense this preseason, and Merril Hoge is ready to switch Tim Tebow's position.
The Morrison Wildcats' bread and butter this season has been their running game.
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