Wild cat

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(Zool.) A European carnivore (Felis catus) somewhat resembling the domestic cat, but larger stronger, and having a short tail. It is destructive to the smaller domestic animals, such as lambs, kids, poultry, and the like.
The common American lynx, or bay lynx.
(Naut.) A wheel which can be adjusted so as to revolve either with, or on, the shaft of a capstan.

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I took passage with Cap- tain Rowe, in the schooner Wild Cat, and, after a sail of about twenty-four hours, I found myself near the place of my birth.
Now it was a lithe, furtive stoat which shot across the path upon some fell errand of its own; then it was a wild cat which squatted upon the outlying branch of an oak and peeped at the traveller with a yellow and dubious eye.
And what's more it won't be one of these wild cat land booms.
And she had struck him, and had thrown him off with the fury of a wild cat, and had burst out of the room.
One large bundle held their all -- bed, coffee-mill, looking-glass, hens -- all but the cat; she took to the woods and became a wild cat, and, as I learned afterward, trod in a trap set for woodchucks, and so became a dead cat at last.
They slay the buck, and the moose, and the wild cat, and all the beasts that range the woods, and stuffing them with worthless rags, and placing eyes of glass into their heads, they set them up to be stared at, and call them the creatur's of the Lord; as if any mortal effigy could equal the works of his hand
Out of your wild cats must tigers have evolved, and out of your poison- toads, crocodiles: for the good hunter shall have a good hunt!
He called out to the youth: "By heavens, if I had ten thousand wild cats like you I could tear th' stomach outa this war in less'n a week
I'm as stiff as a dead body, and as full of ugly scratches as if I had been fighting all day yesterday with wild cats.
See how it flies, like a troop of wild cats, at Mr Riderhood's eyes
In New York, he also met with Secretary of CITES John Scanlon, CEO of the Global Wild Cat Conservation Organization Frederic Launay, and representatives of the World Conservation Society.
One family who hit the headlines after adopting an African wild cat -- a serval named Anubis -- have picked up 11,000 followers with snaps of the animal being fed mice and rabbits.