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Badger game refers to a trick to extort money or other benefit by catching a man in a compromising position and threatening to make the behavior of that person public. Badger game has been around since at least the early 19th century.
If a person contends that he was the victim of a badger game, still it is competent for the husband/relative of the woman to testify that he already made an effort to bring about the prosecution for adultery, but failed.[Coates v. Slusher, 109 Ore. 612 (Or. 1923)]