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badger (verb) pester; nag; repeatedly ask people into doing something.

When you want something to be done by others you go on asking them to do it. Unable to bear the pressure, they may do it. This is to badger. Children often badger their parents for toys, sweets, etc.. That is, children when they want anything from their parents, they badger them for it. Tom badgered his dad to take him to the cinema. That is, Tom kept asking his father to take him to cinema several times. You go on asking for something to the point of making the person do it, if only to be relieved of your pressure. This is badgering.

  • The children badgered Barry into taking them to the circus show, but once the show started, they fell asleep.
  • Andrew badgered his boss for a pay hike, and at last his boss agreed to the hike. The next day, however, Andrew quit the job for a better one elsewhere.
  • The lawyer badgered the witness so much that he was confused and made contradictory statements, which in turn, confused the judge.
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