Posted by James Briggs on May 23, 2003
In Reply to: Wildcat strike posted by Sax on May 23, 2003
: How did the phrase wildcat strike originate? Thank you, Saxon
'Strike' originated as follows. As a guess,'Wildcat' has been added as a suitable adjective to indicate that the strike is not 'official'.
This is another with a nautical background. The Strike in this instance is the one used to strike (lower) the sails on a sailing ship. A crew which was in dispute with an owner simply refused to strike the sails and the ship could not move. The word in this sense was first recorded in 1768