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nobble

[ nob-uhl ]
/ ˈnɒb əl /
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verb (used with object), nob·bled, nob·bling.British Slang.

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.

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Origin of nobble

First recorded in 1840–50; back formation from nobbler, variant of hobbler (dialectal phrase an 'obbler being taken as a nobbler)

OTHER WORDS FROM nobble

nobbler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nobble

nobble
/ (ˈnɒbəl) /

verb (tr) British slang

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

Derived forms of nobble

nobbler, noun

Word Origin for nobble

C19: back formation from nobbler, from false division of an hobbler (one who hobbles horses) as a nobbler
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