Definition of wild card in English:

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  • 1A playing card that can have any value, suit, colour, or other property in a game at the discretion of the player holding it.
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    • It was subsequently adopted in versions of Poker, Rummy and other games as a wild card which could be used as a substitute for any desired card.
    • If the joker is turned up, there are no wild cards and the value of the hand is doubled.
    • If your team starts a meld of wild cards, you cannot add any wild cards to any of your other melds until your wild card canasta is complete.
  • 1.1 Computing A character that will match any character or sequence of characters in a search.
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    • Many search engines employ wild cards - special symbols, usually an asterisk (*), that you add to a term to indicate different possibilities.
    • You can run the program against multiple files by using wild cards in the filename.
    • Try the asterisk (*) wild card when searching for a phrase.
  • 2An opportunity to enter a sports competition without having to take part in qualifying matches or be ranked at a particular level.
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    • The young Bulgarian entered the competition with a wild card, thanks to one of the most popular management companies in the world, IMG.
    • Hingis will, undoubtedly, be showered with wild cards to enter any tournament she chooses.
    • ‘Yayuk failed to receive the wild card as her world ranking in both singles and doubles event did not meet the qualification,’ Benny explained.
  • 2.1A player or team allowed to enter a sports competition without having to qualify or be ranked.
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    • To gain the playoffs as the wild card, a team will need 90 wins, according to the best estimates.
    • The realignment with four divisions within each conference makes it so that the four division winners plus two wild cards will make the playoffs from both the AFC and NFC.
    • The next season gave us the world champion Ravens, a 12-4 wild card team that finished 8-8 in 1999.
  • 3A person or thing whose influence is unpredictable or whose qualities are uncertain.
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    • One wild card is the uncertainty surrounding the membership of the FCC.
    • He too forfeits, the sex and mystery of a wild card like Coco no longer in his life.
    • The Brotherhood is the wild card in the reform game.

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