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Stinking badges

Posted by Gary Martin on July 29, 2000

The Phrase Finder search has an option to submit new phrases/sayings to the database. I look through these occasionally and, having weeded out the abusive, wrongly-submitted and/or frankly bizarre there are usually many new and welcome phrases. One that I've come across in various forms recently goes something like "we don't need no stinking badges". I've not heard this anywhere in real life, but my best guess is its some kind of catchphrase - maybe US origin? Can anyone enlighten me as to where it comes from and what it means please?