from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is engaged in speculative mining or well drilling in areas not known to be productive.
  • n. A promoter of speculative or fraudulent business enterprises.
  • n. A worker who participates in a wildcat strike.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who drills for oil speculatively
  • n. A worker who participates in a wildcat strike
  • n. person who makes wildcat ammunition and the guns that use them.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who prospects for oil or ores, or takes other ventures; one who opens new oil-wells, mines, or similar venturesome enterprises.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oilman who drills exploratory wells in territory not known to be an oil field


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