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bobble

[bob-uh l] /ˈbɒb əl/
noun
1.
a repeated, jerky movement; bob.
2.
a momentary fumbling or juggling of a batted or thrown baseball.
3.
an error; mistake.
4.
a small ball of fabric usually used decoratively, as in a fringe or other trimming:
a sweater with a line of bobbles up the sleeves.
verb (used with object), bobbled, bobbling.
5.
to juggle or fumble (a batted or thrown baseball) momentarily, usually resulting in an error.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; bob1 + -le; (def 4) perhaps new formation with bob2
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  • Distrust of the media was laid down throughout the rally by video montages of ranting broadcast bobble heads.
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British Dictionary definitions for bobble

bobble

/ˈbɒbəl/
noun
1.
a short jerky motion, as of a cork floating on disturbed water; bobbing movement
2.
a tufted ball, usually for ornament, as on a knitted hat
3.
any small dangling ball or bundle
verb
4.
(intransitive) (sport) (of a ball) to bounce with a rapid erratic motion due to an uneven playing surface
5.
(US, informal) to handle (something) ineptly; muff; bungle: he bobbled the ball and lost the game
Word Origin
C19: from bob1 (vb)
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Word Origin and History for bobble
v.

1812, frequentative of bob (v.1). The notion is "to move or handle something with continual bobbing." Related: Bobbled; bobbling. Bobble-head as a type of doll is from 1968.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bobble

bobble

noun

: The President's denial was a bad bobble

verb

To blunder; esp in baseball, to mishandle or drop the ball (1900+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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