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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.
See also: badger, game

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.
See also: badger, death

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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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
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Inaugural meetings are being held this week for the Badger Welfare Association (BWA), established by Somerset dairy farmer Derek Mead.
They also use terriers to find badgers in their sett, dig down and hold them in position, ready for a fight.
Badgers will also dig small holes in the ground near the sett for its droppings, called dung pits.
Mervyn Anthony, chair of the Northumberland Badger Group, said: "The case against the badger was always significantly flawed.
The killing spree is designed to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis - a fear which plays right into the hands of the badger baiters.
A second new analysis suggests how killing badgers can boost TB around a culling area.
Behaviour and the potential for transmission of bovine tuberculosis from badgers to cattle.
Save The Badger campaigner Damian Meagher, 28, provided the pictures of the snared badgers.
The location of the sett had been kept a secret in the past to deter people who might want to harm the badgers.
Lyon (1936) summarized the published records from 24 counties and showed that badgers occurred throughout the northern third of Indiana with disjunct records in Franklin and Vermillion Counties.
Police say "concerted efforts" have been made to damage the large sett, which is still being used by badgers.