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.
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- 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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The term "wildcatter" generally refers to a person or company that drills oil wells in areas not known to be oil fields, indicating that many of the companies included in this fund maintain speculative, risky operations.
I’ve never been able to figure out whether a wildcatter is a special breed of man… or just a fool.
He's a wildcatter, taking over an old mine whose riches are mostly gone.
Uncle Drew, a wildcatter from Oklahoma, swirled his very wet tongue in his very wet mouth.
Part wildcatter, part deal-maker, the 64-year-old executive has a track record of building up oil and gas exploration companies from scratch, taking them public and selling them for a premium, having done so twice prior to Thursday's deal.
The map looked like something a wildcatter might use—not to drill for oil but to barrel Riesling and Cabernet Franc.
An economist by training, soft-spoken by nature, the 53-year-old Mr. Watson is hardly some swaggering wildcatter.
Going where others won'tW&T Offshore, a wildcatter based in Houston, has drilled for oil and natural gas in the shadow of the majors for 25 years, following the larger companies from Louisiana's marshes to deep offshore in the Gulf, says Tracy Krohn, founder and CEO.
But tomorrow's oil prospector will be more high-tech engineer than wildcatter.
Regarding the Ok. culture in reallife: I start each day off with a little meeting; one of the attendees was born/raised in Ok., was a wildcatter before escaping to the Marines and later college.