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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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  • We don't mean to lose this match, nor don't mean to let you nobble us.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • I allus said any fool can be a smith but it takes a good man to nobble.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • Here they stayed but a few hours and then went on by coach on their journey to nobble.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
  • nobble they thought was the foulest place which they had ever seen.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
  • It seemed that Crinkett was very well known in nobble indeed.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
  • If anybody had done well at nobble, Mr. Crinkett had done well.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
  • Away at nobble the females by whom he had been surrounded had not been attractive to him.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
  • Mrs. Smith was then living at nobble, and Crinkett knew more about her than I did.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
  • Mrs. Henniker, of the hotel at nobble, had offered to swear that there had been no marriage.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
  • She could not account for the absence of the nobble postmark.

    John Caldigate

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for nobble

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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