And it's all very well for Larry Twentyman to be hobbing and nobbing with the likes of them Botseys.
Every pitch requires a different tool, and the cutting end is given the curved form by milling or hobbing.
"side of fireplace," 1670s, alteration of hubbe (1510s), of unknown origin, perhaps somehow related to the first element in hobnail.
"clown, prankster," short for hobgoblin (q.v.). Hence, to play (the) hob "make mischief" (by 1834).