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nobble

verb nob·ble \ˈnä-bəl\

: to give a drug to (a horse) to keep it from winning a race

: to cause or force (someone) to do something that you want by offering money, making threats, etc.

: to succeed in getting or catching (something or someone)

nob·blednob·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of NOBBLE

transitive verb
1
British :  to incapacitate (a racehorse) especially by drugging
2
slang British
a :  to win over to one's side
b :  steal
c :  swindle, cheat
d :  to get hold of :  catch
nob·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of NOBBLE

  1. We found out later that the horse had been nobbled, which explained its poor performance.
  2. She was trying to nobble the jury.

Origin of NOBBLE

perhaps irregular frequentative of nab
First Known Use: 1847

Rhymes with NOBBLE

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