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Badger (A)

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A licensed huckster, who was obliged to wear a badge. By 5 Eliz., c. 12, it was enacted that “Badgers were to be licensed annually, under a penalty of £5.”

“Under Dec. 17, 1565, we read of ‘Certain persons upon Humber side who … by great quantities of corn, two of whom were authorised badgers.ʹ”—State Papers (Domestic Series).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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