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nobble

[nob-uh l] /ˈnɒb əl/
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
1840-1850
1840-50; back formation from nobbler, variant of hobbler (dial. phrase an 'obbler being taken as a nobbler)
Related forms
nobbler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nobbler

nobble

/ˈnɒbəl/
verb (transitive) (Brit, slang)
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
Derived Forms
nobbler, noun
Word Origin
C19: back formation from nobbler, from false division of an hobbler (one who hobbles horses) as a nobbler
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Slang definitions & phrases for nobbler

nobbler

noun

A person who drugs a racehorse or racing dog or otherwise tries to fix the outcome of a race •Chiefly British: the nobblers who drugged dogs

[1854+; origin unknown; perhaps fr hobble, ''make lame,'' by the same interesting variation that gives Hob and Nob as nicknames for Robert]


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