wildcat

I. wildcat wild‧cat 1 [ˈwaɪldkæt] adjective [only before a noun]
a wildcat oil well or discovery of oil is one that is in a place where no one has found oil before
  [m0] II. wildcat wildcat 2 verb [intransitive]
to look for oil in a place where no one has found it yet
— wildcatter noun [countable] :

• Oklahoma wildcatters struck oil in the late 1920s.

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Ⅰ.
wildcat UK US /ˈwaɪldkæt/ adjective [before noun] US NATURAL RESOURCES
used to refer to a search for oil in a new area without knowing if any will be found, or if a profit can be made from it: »

Wildcat drilling is a big risk but investors stand to make huge profits if oil is found.

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wildcat UK US /ˈwaɪldkæt/ noun [C] NATURAL RESOURCES
a supply of oil discovered in a new area: »

The energy giant is experiencing difficulties with its wildcats off the Venezuelan coast.

wildcatter noun [C]
»

Wildcatters are scouring Africa and the US deserts in search of oil.

wildcat verb [I]

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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