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English definition of “wild card”

wild card

noun [C] (COMPETITION)   
someone who is allowed to take part in a competition, although 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.Competitors and participants in sports and games
(Definition of wild card noun (COMPETITION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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