wild card

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wild card ‎(plural wild cards)

  1. In card games, a card that can be assigned any value or used to substitute for any needed card.
  2. (sports) A competitor or team that is allowed to compete in a tournament despite not reaching the normal standards to qualify for inclusion.
    Kye Sun-Hui won an Olympic gold medal in Judo, despite being a wild card.
  3. (computing) a character that substitutes for other characters in regular expressions and globbing


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