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BADGE. A mark or sign worn by some persons, or placed upon certain things for the purpose of designation. Some public officers, as watchmen, policemen, and the like, are required to wear badges that they may be readily known. It is used figuratively when we say, possession of personal property by the seller, is. a badge of fraud.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Drivers were quizzed about the misuse of blue badges dozens of times last year.
Purchase of gold (10 pieces) and silver (30 pieces) lapel badges for 245,000 soms;
And the data from the Department for Transport shows that just 44pc of those automatically eligible for a badge have one.
"We ran the blue badge amnesty to not only encourage those with expired badges to hand them in, but to raise awareness about the rules around blue badge use and to remind residents that they can report misuse to us.
The Lady Godiva badge launched in October and follows previous badges that include the Coventry Ring Road and the three spires which are a prominent feature of the city skyline.
"The badge on the front of the shirt is more important than the name on the back," said Paul Gascoigne and in these days of badge kissing (a chapter is devoted to this modern phenomenon), no truer word was spoken.
Etch & Pin is looking to celebrate the city's landmarks and culture by launching a new range of collectable pin badges and got the ball rolling with its 'It's a Batch' badge.
Volunteers are needed to help manage existing pin badge sites, as well as looking for new locations.
They can only be used by the named badge holder, or by a person who has dropped off or is collecting the badge holders from a place where the vehicle is parked.