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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Badger (A).
 
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.”   1
        “Under Dec. 17, 1565, we read of ‘Certain persons upon Humber side who … by great quantities of corn, two of whom were authorised badgers.’”—State Papers (Domestic Series).
 


 Badge-men.Badger (To). 

 
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