wildcatter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

wildcat +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

wildcatter (plural wildcatters)

  1. (US) Someone who drills for oil speculatively.
  2. A worker who participates in a wildcat strike.
  3. (firearms) A person who makes wildcat cartridges and the guns that use them.
    • (Can we date this quote?) “Ammunition”, in Weatherby[1], archived from the original on 15 February 2005:
      Roy Weatherby began his career in the firearms industry as a “wildcatter”, developing his revolutionary ideas about rifle cartridge performance and design.