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badger
as in:  badgered her until she agreed


Stop badgering me. I gave you my answer and I’m not going to change it.
  annoy and/or persuade persistently
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  • Stop badgering me. I gave you my answer and I’m not going to change it.
  • It’s not helpful if you belittle and badger her until she is too defensive to rationally discuss the issue.
  • The original plan was for me to take the spring and summer off and finish up the classes I missed next fall, but as my knee got stronger, I got restless and badgered Benedetti until she helped me cobble together classes and an independent study to get enough credits to graduate on time.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Then Bella recognized the young man: It was Charles Livingston, the law student Yetta had badgered with her questions about union rights.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • I badgered him some more.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • In English class, everyone badgered Mr. Birkway to finish reading the journal entry that he had begun yesterday, the one about Mrs. Corpse and the body, but Mr. Birkway did not read any more journals.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • On deck I was asked so many questions all at once that one man barked, "Stop badgering him Give him food, medical care, and get him into a bunk."
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • "God, Mother," he said, "I came to pay a visit and first Tim badgered me about Father and now you’re badgering me about coming home.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • I haven’t quit badgering him about Tierney yet.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • It was his strange badgering for some kind of juicy memory that finally produced my first actual result.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds

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  • Nathan’s voice, still badgering me, swam back into hearing.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I remember pondering the phrase "new life" as if it actually might reveal some hint of where he’d gone; for after I’d badgered and clamored and pestered my mother for about a week, she’d finally consented to let me see the letter myself ("well, all right," she said resignedly, as she opened her desk drawer and fished it out, "I don’t know what he expects me to tell you, you might as well hear it from him").
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • While the Bird had badgered him, he had awaited his fate with equanimity.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • But she tired easily and submitted eventually to their persistent badgering.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • His face became tight as I badgered him relentlessly.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • You are always badgering me about my ring; but you have never bothered me about the other things that I got on my journey.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • It’s late and we should sleep, but I will tell you a few things now, to stop your badgering.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Come on, Babalu, give us a smile! And on days when he felt particularly inspired, he spiced up his badgering a little, Hey, you flat-nosed Babalu, who did you eat today?
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • I stood in a daze, as Mother badgered me relentlessly.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • All he told me was that some crazy collector had been badgering him for that book for years.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • They constantly badgered me to do the "James Brown" for them, a squiggling of the feet made famous by the "Godfather of Soul" himself, who back in the sixties was bigger than life.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Stop badgering him, Mike.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • It turned out that somehow, my career up to that time had turned me into exactly the sort of expert that World Book felt comfortable badgering.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • He got that badgered look like he used to have, mumbling his mouth.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Now, please stop badgering me.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • He was trying to keep me busy, distracted, so I that wouldn’t continue badgering him about the sex thing.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I drew Joe away, and he immediately became placable; merely stating to me, in an obliging manner and as a polite expostulatory notice to any one whom it might happen to concern, that he were not a going to be bull-baited and badgered in his own place.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She had been badgering Harry and Ron ever since, first to wear the badges, then to persuade others to do the same, and she had also taken to rattling around the Gryffindor common room every evening, cornering people and shaking the collecting tin under their noses.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • He usually had to be asked, like, six times to go out and clear the paths that led to the front and back doors, but today he’d turned to the chore without any badgering from his parents.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Even as matters stand she never rests from badgering me before the gods: I take the Trojan side in battle, so she says.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • But I won’t be badgered, Mr. Chairman.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • By doing this, by badgering him with my eyes (for, of course, with all animals, including us, to stare is an aggressive act) and by sounding that whistle cry that had such ominous associations in his mind, I made clear to Richard Parker that it was my right, my lordly right, to fondle and sniff his feces if I wanted to.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Again he cursed, soundless, badgered, furious.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • By Hades, I will not have any client of mine gagged and badgered in this fashion by a pack of curs and laughing hyenas.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was shortly after this that he began badgering me to go into analysis.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Reporters incessantly badgered him for interviews.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • I don’t know that I care for badgering people.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • They gave me advice, badgered clerks on my behalf.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He seemed as disgruntled by praise as he was by badgering.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • I’ve been badgering Mark Brittain for more than two years.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • Besides, I was trying to get the hang of his cosmology, so I egged him on, sometimes even badgered him into narrating Haiti.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • ’Did you sleep well, Montez?’ the sergeant badgered him.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Far from badgering me into submission, Moody’s rage ultimately steeled my will.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • She badgered another group into going skiing.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Drunken violence followed by postdrunken badgering.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • It shocked her that Wendy badgered Joe to give her explicit details about his past escapades in beds and on beaches, as well as tell her his precise feelings when he first slept with her.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • The New York Tribune reported that Edmund Ross in particular was "mercilessly dragged this way and that by both sides, hunted like a fox night and day and badgered by his own colleagues, like the bridge at Arcola now trod upon by one Army and now trampled by the other."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Here: I have had just about enough of being badgered.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • They cursed, badgered, worshiped, and shared their men.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • Why not put an end to Don Carlos’s badgering?
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
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