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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.
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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 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.
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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]
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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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TB in humans was always a disease exacerbated by crowded and unhygienic slum dwelling, and so it is with badgers.
Throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians, badger numbers appear to be on the increase with many of the nocturnal creatures being spotted in various parts of the city, some in the most unlikeliest of places.
Figures released for the first time by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have revealed that just 641 badgers were vaccinated in 2018.
Badgers are rarely seen because of their nocturnal nature.
This is from a species whose population is around 65 million in Britain compared to a breeding figure of around 250,000 badgers. Although badgers have no natural predators tons of thousands die each year as a result of being hit by motor vehicles as well as illegal persecution and in recent years being shot as part of the badger cull to try and stop the spread of TB.
The most recent Wildlife and Countryside report found that there were 625 persecutions against badgers in 2016.
Adult male American badgers grow to about 2 feet long and weigh up to 20 pounds.
CAMPAIGNERS are gearing up to celebrate Badger Day - just as the controversial cull ramps up a gear.
Yet again the Tories will be killing badgers instead of instigating a vaccination programme.
However, Government chooses to ignore this and has even extended the areas in which badgers are to be culled!
TWO men have been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a badger, plus other animal welfare offences, after an RSPCA probe into badger baiting and animal fighting at a Snowdonia farm.
The American badger (Taxidea taxus) is a generally solitary animal, usually hunting without the assistance of other badgers or other species (Long, 1973).
Badgers are prairie-obligate fossorial mesocarnivores, native to open range and prairie regions of North America (Messick and Hornocker, 1981), including the Midwest region.