nobble

[nob-uhl]
verb (used with object), nobbled, nobbling. British Slang.
1.
to drug or disable (a race horse) to prevent its winning a race.
2.
to convince (a person) by fraudulent methods; misrepresent or lie to.
3.
to swindle; defraud.
4.
to seize (a person); hold for arrest.

Origin:
1840–50; back formation from nobbler, variant of hobbler (dial. phrase an 'obbler being taken as a nobbler)

nobbler, noun
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nobble (ˈnɒbəl)
 
vb
1.  to disable (a racehorse), esp with drugs
2.  to win over or outwit (a person) by underhand means
3.  to suborn (a person, esp a juror) by threats, bribery, etc
4.  to steal; filch
5.  to get hold of; grab
6.  to kidnap
 
[C19: back formation from nobbler, from false division of an hobbler (one who hobbles horses) as a nobbler]
 
'nobbler
 
n

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