- to drug or disable (a race horse) to prevent its winning a race.
- to convince (a person) by fraudulent methods; misrepresent or lie to.
- to swindle; defraud.
- to seize (a person); hold for arrest.
Origin of nobble
1840–50; back formation from nobbler, variant of hobbler (dial. phrase an 'obbler being taken as a nobbler)
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Examples from the Web for nobbler
Then come to my tent, and I'll give you a nobbler that may make you.Stingaree</p>
E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
Then he orders a nobbler of rum for me and a nobbler of whisky for 'imself.A Bid for Fortune
Footnote 5: Nobbler--the Australian term for a glass of wine or spirits.Grif
B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
And you call that drop a nobbler, do you, in the old country?My Lord Duke
E. W. Hornung
If you meet an old friend, his first greeting is, 'Come and have a nobbler!'Town Life in Australia
R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
- to disable (a racehorse), esp with drugs
- to win over or outwit (a person) by underhand means
- to suborn (a person, esp a juror) by threats, bribery, etc
- to steal; filch
- to get hold of; grab
- to kidnap
C19: back formation from nobbler, from false division of an hobbler (one who hobbles horses) as a nobbler
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