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


(Mining & Quarrying) informal US and Canadian a prospector for oil or ores in areas having no proved resources


(ˈwaɪldˌkæt ər)

1. an oil prospector.
2. a person who promotes risky or unsound business ventures.
3. a person who participates in a wildcat strike.
[1880–85, Amer.]
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Noun1.wildcatter - an oilman who drills exploratory wells in territory not known to be an oil field
oilman - a person who owns or operates oil wells
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