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tr.v. nob·bled, nob·bling, nob·bles Chiefly British
1. To disable (a racehorse), especially by drugging.
2. To win (a person) over.
3. To outdo or get the better of by devious means.
4. To filch or steal.
5. To kidnap.
1. (Horse Racing) to disable (a racehorse), esp with drugs
2. to win over or outwit (a person) by underhand means
3. to suborn (a person, esp a juror) by threats, bribery, etc
4. to steal; filch
5. to get hold of; grab
6. to kidnap
[C19: back formation from nobbler, from false division of an hobbler (one who hobbles horses) as a nobbler]
v.t. -bled, -bling.
1. Brit. to disable (a race horse), as with drugs.
2. Brit. Slang.
a. to convince (a person) by lies.
b. to swindle.
[1840–50; back formation from nobbler, alter. of hobbler (dial. phrase an 'obbler being taken as a nobbler)]
Past participle: nobbled
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|Verb||1.||nobble - deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"|
bunco, con, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, rook, scam, swindle, short-change, victimize
|2.||nobble - make off with belongings of others |
steal - take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"
|3.||nobble - take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom; "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"|
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
seize - take or capture by force; "The terrorists seized the politicians"; "The rebels threaten to seize civilian hostages"
|4.||nobble - disable by drugging; "nobble the race horses"|
1. (Brit. slang) influence, square, win over, pay off (informal), corrupt, intimidate, bribe, get at, buy off, suborn, grease the palm or hand of (slang) The trial was stopped after allegations of attempts to nobble the jury.
2. (Brit. slang) disable, handicap, weaken, incapacitate the drug used to nobble two horses at Doncaster last week