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badger (one) into (doing something)
To pester or nag one into doing something. 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? The kids keep trying to badger me taking them the amusement park. I told them that we can talk once their rooms are clean.
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badger (one) to death
To pester or nag one relentlessly. 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.
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.
badger the witness
To mock, harass, or antagonize a witness for the opposing side in a trial. Objection, your honor! The prosecution is clearly badgering the witness. These questions serve no purpose other than to humiliate and discredit him before the jury.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
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.