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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 of nobble
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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  • A sight of times better to be selling diments than nobbling about here.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • Their first success was the nobbling of "The Observer's" senior reporter.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • I'm not sorry for it myself, as I've an idea of nobbling him for Vera.

    The Graftons Archibald Marshall
  • He is very musical, and when he and Rex get nobbling over the piano and organ—there they stick!!

  • Peter mumbled some foolishness about nobbling Angola for Germany and starting a revolution among the natives.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for nobbling

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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