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badger game

noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of badger game

First recorded in 1895–1900
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  • But he had preferred to speculate in blackmail and play the badger-game with his wife as an unwitting accomplice.

    We Can't Have Everything

    Rupert Hughes


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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