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wild card

1. In a card game, a card that the player can choose to represent any card. He's going to play his wild card as an ace to win.
2. Someone or something that is unpredictable. He is too much of a wild card to be a successful candidate. Nobody wants to vote for someone wildly unpredictable. The wild card in this game will be the weather.
3. A person or team who is permitted to participate in an event or competition, such as a round of playoffs, without having to adhere to the usual entry protocol. The wild card rarely wins the championship, but anything is possible.
4. In computing, a character that is substituted for an unknown character in a search. An asterisk is often used as a wild card in database searches.
See also: card, wild

wild card

An unpredictable person or event, as in Don't count on his support-he's a wild card, or A traffic jam? That's a wild card we didn't expect. This expression comes from card games, especially poker, where it refers to a card that can stand for any rank chosen by the player who holds it. The term was adopted in sports for an additional player or team chosen to take part in a contest after the regular places have been taken. It is also used in computer terminology for a symbol that stands for one or more characters in searches for files that share a common specification. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
See also: card, wild

a wild card

You describe someone or something as a wild card when they cause uncertainty because nobody knows how they will behave or what effects they will have. Some Italians think of her as a possible wild card in next year's presidential election. Note: In games such as poker, a wild card is a card that can have any value a player chooses.
See also: card, wild
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If the idea is to make it tougher for the wild card to advance and still have enough time to get in an extra playoff round (sorry, one game does not constitute a playoff round) the solution is obvious (and more profitable than the status quo): a two-out-of-three series starting the day after the regular season ends at the home of Wild Card-2.
Even if Leeds beat wild card semi-final opponents Saracens, they would drop out of the final - which has a Heineken Cup place as its prize - with Saracens progressing as a lucky loser.
The two finalists in the event - to be played on grass before Wimbledon qualifying begins - will earn the wild cards to the third grand slam of the year at the All England Club.
Last year's surprise finalist Somdev Devvarman, seasoned Rohan Bopanna and current Australian Open junior champion Yuki Bhambri have been given singles wild cards along with Carlos Moya.
The Wild Card is likely to go to whoever finishes second in the Central," says Peter Childs, Odds Maker, Sportsbook.
American Taylor Dent and Indian doubles star Mahesh Bhupathi have been given wild cards for the ATP Indian Open championships starting in Madras on New Year's Day.
Becker, who is in semi-retirement but had hinted he might still accept a wild card, was beaten 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 by fellow German and world number101, Hendrik Dreekmann.
27, 2002 can now visit and stay more affordably than ever with the new 3-for-1 Wild Card Vacation Package, offered by three of Williamsburg's most popular vacation destinations.
And although the Dodgers won home-field advantage in last week's flips in the event of a one-game playoff against either San Diego or San Francisco to determine the division winner, they lost this one to Philadelphia, meaning they would have to travel to Citizens Bank Park if they finished tied with the Phillies for the wild card.
iEntertainment Network (Nasdaq: IENTC), formerly known as Interactive Magic and a leading provider and operator of worldwide Internet entertainment communities, announced today its launch of five new Internet Wild Card Games including Bridge, Pinochle, Hearts, Spades and Rummy.
It's funny, I was talking to Garret (Anderson) the other day about how every year, the team that wins the wild card seems to win the World Series,'' Figgins said.
Hickok indicated the wild card in the economic deck for the remainder of 1999 is the potential Y2K impact.
But Querrey received the highest honor of his brief professional career when the USTA selected the Thousand Oaks High graduate as one of seven American men to receive a wild card into the singles main draw of next week's U.
277 from Sheffield, who earlier justified his wild card at Queen's by beating Christophe Rochus in three sets.
Under the contract, Wild Card Software will provide Interactive Magic with five new card games (bridge, pinochle, hearts, spades and rummy) for the iMagic Entertainment Network (iEN) and the GameHub, which is the preferred provider of online games for AT&T WorldNet's 1.