Definition of buccaneering in English:



  • (especially in a business context) high-risk and adventurous:

    ‘the buccaneering nature of the oil-transport industry’
    • ‘In a scathing attack on the minister's record, Richard said a buccaneering approach to managing the national finances had destroyed the confidence which was the vital component in Ireland's economic success.’
    • ‘The welfare of children is the highest good yet the Cardinal's buccaneering action was in many ways counter-productive.’
    • ‘Historically the territory of bullfighters, bandits, guerrillas and smugglers, this rocky region was doubtless seen by Welles as more akin to his buccaneering spirit than some genteel churchyard.’
    • ‘And we are admirers of his buccaneering, entrepreneurial style.’
    • ‘Maschler was the buccaneering young publisher who revitalised Jonathan Cape.’
    • ‘The following year he won it in buccaneering fashion, forcing Schumacher to attempt to drive him off the road in the final race.’
    • ‘We are trying very much as Britain did in the early 1980's to rediscover our buccaneering past.’
    • ‘Skipper Robbie Casey is back to form, got up and down the park in his usual buccaneering manner, fired in plenty of solid tackles and in general led the team well.’
    • ‘A buccaneering businessman and politician, he built up an impressive empire of railway interests, and if he did not create a large part of the network as George Hudson did, he certainly sustained his interest in it for far longer.’
    • ‘As a buccaneering, inspirational left-back, he displaced Kenny Sansom in the England team and went on to make 78 international appearances between 1987 and 2000.’
    • ‘Navy renegades upstaged it with a buccaneering March landing on South Georgia, in direct contravention of orders.’
    • ‘The Heseltines came later, as raiders from the Scottish borders in the 18th century - which might have some bearing on the buccaneering side to Robert's character.’
    • ‘This year, however, a new international organisation called the Tuna Commission will try to bring order to the often buccaneering world of high-seas tuna fishing.’
    • ‘In a vintage season for strikers, no one has been better than the buccaneering Dutchman, who has shown it is perfectly possible to come back from a serious knee injury and flourish in the most physically demanding league in Europe.’
    • ‘An Australian who was a pioneer of aerial reconnaissance flew daring spy flights over Nazi Germany before World War II, but a buccaneering attitude led to his fall from favour, writes Jeff Watson.’
    • ‘For all its buccaneering swagger, the quality that sets the current Australian team apart from its rugby union contemporaries is its defensive intransigence.’
    • ‘Following the voyage by Vasco da Gama in 1497-9, round the Cape of Good Hope to Calicut and safely back to Lisbon, the Portuguese set about their entry into the spice trade with a buccaneering zest from which other nations quickly learned.’
    • ‘You don't have the buccaneering spirit that you had when studio heads were willing to take chances.’
    • ‘Conservatives longed for the return of a healthy system of independent party politics, freed from the buccaneering methods of an autocratic prime minister and his retainers.’
    • ‘It was Wisconsin which, in an age of buccaneering capitalism, produced those caring and socially sensitive politicians, the La Follettes, father and son.’
    robbery at sea, freebooting
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