Definition of badger digging in English:

badger digging


  • The (now illegal) practice of sending a dog into a sett to locate a badger, which is then captured by digging into the sett; an instance of this.

    Badgers captured in this way may be killed immediately, released, or used in badger baiting.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle.