1. (US) to show one’s badge (typically that of a police department) to gain (free) admission.
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Choirboys (1976) 263: You get a broad in the car [...] badge her and bring her back here quick.|
|Tasmanian Babes Fiasco (1998) 211: They badged me. ‘Detectives Eady and Belcher,’ said the taller one.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 21: You badged in. The owner loved cops. Your host — Jack Ruby.|
2. of a detective, to show one's badge to prove one’s authority, usu. prior to an arrest .
|What It Was 99: The transaction had been made and [...] his girl had been badged.(con. 1972)|
|Old Scores [ebook] It was the third man who badged Swann [...] ‘Major Crimes. We’d like you to accompany us to Central. A little chat. Purely voluntary at this point’.|