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English definition of “badger”


verb [T]     /ˈbædʒ.ər/ US  //
to persuade someone by telling them repeatedly to do something, or to question someone repeatedly : Stop badgering me - I'll do it when I'm ready . [+ into + -ing verb] She's been badgering me into do ing some exercise . [+ to infinitive] Every time we go into a shop , the kids badger me to buy them sweets .Questioning people and asking questions in generalCuriositySuspecting and questioningUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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