At that time Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were badgering her about legislating from the bench.
CNN's John King: He was so annoying and such a badgering presence on stage that I wondered if he was running for president too.
But he took no notice, and went on badgering me for more stories.
Coming here to be making an attack on me and badgering me and disparaging me.
He had spent the better part of six weeks in badgering and bullying Sir Peter's pet candidate.
She got round me, badgering me, till I didn't know where I was.
From this notion, perhaps, comes the popular belief that dogs may be thrown into hydrophobia by teasing and badgering them.
But Margaret was not to be moved from her good-humor by any amount of badgering.
An act of 1844 abolished the offence of badgering, and repealed the statutes passed in relation to it.
It took her six years of badgering her protector, from 1819 to 1825, to bring about the eviction.
1520s, perhaps from bage "badge" (see badge) + -ard "one who carries some action or possesses some quality," suffix related to Middle High German -hart "bold" (see -ard). If so, the central notion is the badge-like white blaze on the animal's forehead (cf. French blaireau "badger," from Old French blarel, from bler "marked with a white spot;" also obsolete Middle English bauson "badger," from Old French bauzan, literally "black-and-white spotted"). But blaze (n.2) was the usual word for this.
An Old English name for the creature was the Celtic borrowing brock; also græg (Middle English grei, grey). In American English, the nickname of inhabitants or natives of Wisconsin (1833).
1790, from badger (n.), based on the behavior of the dogs in the medieval sport of badger-baiting, still practiced in 18c. England. Related: Badgered; badgering.