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Definition of nobble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    nobble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈnɒbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːbl//
     
    (British English, informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nobble
    BrE BrE//ˈnɒbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːbl//
     
    he / she / it nobbles
    BrE BrE//ˈnɒblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːblz//
     
    past simple nobbled
    BrE BrE//ˈnɒbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːbld//
     
    past participle nobbled
    BrE BrE//ˈnɒbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːbld//
     
    -ing form nobbling
    BrE BrE//ˈnɒblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɑːblɪŋ//
     
    Equine sports
     
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  1. 1nobble something to prevent a horse from winning a race, for example by giving it drugs The horse was nobbled by a doping gang. See related entries: Equine sports
  2. 2nobble somebody to persuade somebody to do what you want, especially illegally, by offering them money his attempts to nobble the jury
  3. 3nobble somebody to prevent somebody from achieving what they want synonym thwart
  4. 4nobble somebody to catch somebody or get their attention, especially when they are unwilling He was nobbled by the press who wanted details of the affair.
  5. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: probably a variant of dialect knobble, knubble ‘knock, strike with the knuckles’.