Badger-baiting

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Badger-baiting the sport of setting dogs to draw out a badger from its hole
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from Badge and suffix -ard, in reference to the white mark borne like a badge on its forehead. Derivations connecting the word with O. Fr. blaier, thus meaning 'little corn hoarder,' in allusion to a popular notion about the animal's habits, seem to be erroneous.

Usage

In literature:

You practise rat-catching and badger- baiting as well.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
Bullied, and badgered, and baited from nine to six though you may be, from then till bedtime you are rorty young dogs.
"Paul Kelver" by Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
An otter-hunt the next day, and a badger-baiting the day after, consumed the time merrily.
"Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Badger-baiting with terriers is not an amusement which commends itself to humane sportsmen.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
It was then that the badgered and baited Father broke down.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
You practise rat-catching and badger-baiting as well.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
You practise rat-catching and badger- baiting as well.
"Lavengro The Scholar - The Gypsy - The Priest, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Borrow
You practise rat-catching and badger-baiting as well.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
The verb meaning to badger is derived from the old cruel sport of baiting badgers with dogs.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
She should not be baited and badgered by any one.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
You practise rat-catching and badger-baiting as well.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
He felt badgered, baited, indignant, yet he could not tell this frail, excited woman what he thought.
"The Preliminaries" by Cornelia A. P. Comer
Oh, you mean, pitiful men, to bait and badger him like this.
"The Bondman" by Hall Caine
The Honorable John Barrett enjoyed sport of all kinds, including badger-baiting.
"King Spruce, A Novel" by Holman Day
He felt badgered, baited, indignant, yet he could not tell this frail, excited woman what he thought.
"Atlantic Narratives"
He had been badgered and baited to such an extent (as he thought) that he had not time to consider if it was wise or not.
"Miss Marjoribanks" by Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
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