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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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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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The charity says "badger digging" coupled with "badger baiting", where badgers are forced to fight a long and vicious struggle with specially trained dogs is still occurring.
Any kind of disturbance of a badger sett is illegal under the 1992 Badgers Act.
Wales' chief vet Dr Christianne Glossop said the results will shed light on the relationship between TB in badgers and cattle, as well as the disease's epidemiology.
It is important that members of the public do not handle any dead badgers or interfere with a carcass in any way.
He really rips you to pieces," smiles Brian Jones, a South African who rashly keeps a honey badger called Stoffel as a pet on his sanctuary for injured wildlife.
Phillip Andrews, Birmingham THE badgers protest was decent people from all over the country trying to stop this bloody, barbaric cruelty of the cull of badgers.
Regardless of the percentage, real or imagined, 510 badgers in the area of Somerset are going to have less chance of transmitting desease than 750 badgers.
They burst into song at noon for five minutes as they called for the Government to ditch badger cull plans in favour of badger vaccinations to control bovine TB.
The group is basing its strategy on the work of Devon farmer Bryan Hill, a badger "expert" who claims to be able to identify setts occupied by TB-infected badgers.
Offenders use bull lurchers, a cross between the lurcher and the illegal pit bull, for dragging badgers out of their setts with their strong jaws, or lamping - taking large game above ground including deer and foxes, using whistles and torches.
But in recent years, concern that badgers may spread bovine tuberculosis has led some of the more ill-informed landowners to turn a blind eye to badger persecution.
Dr Orin Courtenay, one of the leading researchers on the project, said: "We do not advocate culling badgers to control bovine TB, particularly in light of the scientific results emerging from the randomised badger culling trial.
She and her colleagues looked inside 10 100-kilometer-square culling zones where badgers had been removed, regardless of whether or not cattle were infected.