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"wild card" in British English

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wild cardnoun [C]

uk   /ˈwaɪld ˌkɑːd/  us   /ˈwaɪld ˌkɑːrd/
  • wild card noun [C] (COMPETITION)

someone who is allowed to take part in a competition, even though they have not achieved this in the usual way, for example by winning games: Phillips is hoping for a wild card entry to the championships.
(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: US consumer confidence remains the wild card in the unpredictable economic climate.
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)
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