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badger game

an extortion scheme in which a woman places a man in a compromising position and then victimizes him by demanding money when her male accomplice, pretending to be an outraged husband or relative, enters and threatens violence, scandal, etc.
Origin of badger game
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A month ago she was again in trouble with the police—caught playing the badger game.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • But the guy they double-crossed in New York, or worked the badger game on, or something like that, got on their trail.

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin
Slang definitions & phrases for badger game

badger game

noun phrase

  1. A method of extortion in which a woman entices the victim into a sexually compromising situation, whereupon a male accomplice appears and demands payment for keeping the situation quiet (1880+)
  2. A means of blackmail, extortion, or intimidation, esp one based on a sexually compromising situation

[fr earlier badger, a thief who crawled through the detachable wall-panels of a panel house to rob the man bedded with his accomplice]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with badger game

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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