Meaning of “wild card” in the English Dictionary

"wild card" in British English

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wild cardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwaɪld ˌkɑːd/ us /ˈwaɪld ˌkɑːrd/

(Definition of “wild card” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wild card" in American English

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wild cardnoun [ C ]

/ˈwɑɪld ˌkɑrd/

wild card noun [ C ] (ANY VALUE)

(in some card games) a card that can be used instead of any other:

fig. Undecided voters are this election’s wild card.

wild card noun [ C ] (CHANCE TO PLAY)

(Definition of “wild card” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wild card" in Business English

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wild cardnoun [ C ]

uk us

someone or something whose behaviour or effect is uncertain:

IT, INTERNET a symbol used in computer programs to represent any number or letter:

The wild cards in this string are represented by asterisks.

(Definition of “wild card” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)