- 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 nobble
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
Nobble they thought was the foulest place which they had ever seen.
It seemed that Crinkett was very well known in Nobble indeed.
Away at Nobble the females by whom he had been surrounded had not been attractive to him.
- 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