Wild"-cat` (?), a.

1.

Unsound; worthless; irresponsible; unsafe; -- said to have been originally applied to the notes of an insolvent bank in Michigan upon which there was the figure of a panther.

2. Railroad

Running without control; running along the line without a train; as, a wild-cat locomotive.

<-- Wildcat well. A well, as an oil or gas well, drilled in an area not proven to be productive; often drilled by a small exploration company. -- Wildcat strike. A strike initiated by workers without authorization of a union, or in violation of the work contract currently in force. -->

 

© Webster 1913.

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