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badger game

An extortion scheme in which the victim, typically a married male, is lured into a compromising situation by (usually) a woman, who, with the aid of a male accomplice in the role of a husband or partner, blackmails the victim for money under the threat of exposure or physical violence. Most likely refers to the blood sport "badger baiting," in which a badger is used as live bait to lure a dog into a pit fight. He was nearly bankrupted after he fell victim to a badger game.
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badger into

To pester or nag someone into doing something. A person's name or a pronoun can be used between "badger" and "into." Now that I have my driver's license, my little sister is constantly trying to badger me into taking her places. Did you get badgered into coming to this boring lecture today?
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badger to death

To pester or nag someone relentlessly. A person's name or a pronoun can be used between "badger" and "to." If you don't answer him, he'll just keep badgering you to death. I've been badgered to death by students all day—I need a break.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

badger someone into something

Fig. to pester someone into doing something. Don't try to badger us into doing it. My brother and I were badgered into cleaning out the garage.
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badger someone or something to death

Fig. to bother and annoy someone or some group. If you don't tell him what he wants to know, he will badger you to death until he finds out.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

badger game

An extortion scheme in which a man is lured into a compromising position, usually by a woman, and then is "discovered" and blackmailed by her associate. For example, The prosecutor accused the couple of playing the badger game. The term alludes to the much older sport of badger-baiting, in which a live badger was trapped and put inside a box and dogs were set on it to drag it out. The woman in the scheme is the "badger." [Late 1800s]
See also: badger, game
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The stress of overcrowding, the fighting for food and mates, plus the underground setts in which TB bacteria may well have been present for decades are undoubtedly factors, as is the immunological response required to resist TB infection, which badgers (and the camelids, interestingly) do not possess.
Dominic Dyer, CEO of the Badger Trust, said: "Badger vaccination is a scientifically proven means of lowering the risk of TB infection in disease free badgers and their newborn cubs, by around 70%.
If there is anything out of the ordinary, like a suspicious noise or smell, the badger may remain underground all night.
Yes, badgers do eat hedgehogs if they come across them, but in the 45 years I have wandered around the countryside, the amount of hedgehogs I have found that have probably been killed by badgers could be counted on one hand.
The badger is then pulled from the sett and usually thrown to the dogs who kill it.
The average lifespan of an American badger is 9 to 10 years in the wild.
And you can see them tuck in on a Badger Trust night-time event.
It seems this Government will not be satisfied until it has completely eradicated the badger from the countryside.
They are certain a programme of vaccination would be a much better solution than culling and would result in a more stable and disease free badger population and significantly less bovine TB in cattle.
Marc Wyn Morris, 26, of Jones Street, Blaenau Ffestiniog, has pleaded guilty to wilfully injuring a badger, being present at an animal fight and causing unnecessary suffering to a badger by causing it to fight with a dog.
During the randomised badger culling trials, 86 per cent of the animals killed were found not to be infected.
The American badger (Taxidea taxus) is a generally solitary animal, usually hunting without the assistance of other badgers or other species (Long, 1973).
Despite these losses, American badger (Taxidea taxus) range expansions likely have been suggested in Indiana (Lyon, 1932; Berkley and Johnson, 1998), Ohio (Moseley, 1934; Leedy, 1947; Nugent and Choate, 1970), and Illinois (Gremillion-Smith 1985; Ver Steeg and Warner, 2000) and primarily attributed to deforestation for agriculture.