Badgered to Death




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Badgered to Death : Phrases



Meaning:

Harried and persecuted.


Origin:

The allusion is to badger-baiting. Badgering has been used as a verb to denote persecution for some time. Here's an example from 1794, as here in J. Wolcott's Rowl. for Oliver:


"Therefore I tremble for his badger'd bacon."


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