UK [ˈnɒb(ə)l] / US [ˈnɑb(ə)l] verb [transitive]
Word forms "nobble":
present tense I/you/we/they nobble he/she/it nobbles present participle nobbling past tense nobbled past participle nobbled British very informal
1) to try and get someone's attention in order to persuade them to do something
2) to threaten someone or to pay them money in order to make them do something
3) to give drugs to a horse in order to prevent it from winning a race

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • nobble — ► VERB Brit. informal 1) try to influence or thwart by underhand or unfair methods. 2) tamper with (a racehorse) to prevent it from winning a race. 3) accost or seize. 4) obtain dishonestly or steal. ORIGIN probably from dialect knobble, knubble… …   English terms dictionary

  • nobble — [näb′əl] vt. nobbled, nobbling [? freq. of NAB] [Brit. Slang] Brit. Slang 1. to disable (a horse), as by drugging to keep it from winning a race 2. to win over by bribery or other underhanded methods 3. to cheat or swindle nobbler n …   English World dictionary

  • Nobble — Wikipedia does not have an encyclopedia article for Nobble (search results). You may want to read Wiktionary s entry on Nobble instead.wiktionary:Special:Search/Nobble …   Wikipedia

  • nobble — I. n British 1. an act of dishonestly interfering with a process, such as by bribing a member of a jury or drugging a racehorse. From the verb. 2. a trick, a devious scheme or clever way of doing things ► I said, look, the nobble is to give me… …   Contemporary slang

  • nobble — [[t]nɒ̱b(ə)l[/t]] nobbles, nobbling, nobbled 1) VERB If someone nobbles an important group of people such as a committee, they offer them money or threaten them in order to make them do something. [BRIT, INFORMAL] [V n] The trial was stopped… …   English dictionary

  • nobble —    1. obsolete    to steal    Literally, to tamper with a horse illegally, whence to do other evil deeds connected with dishonesty:     Ah thowt ah d tak a wauk an nobble a few specimens for me sen. (Treddlehoyle, 1892)    2. to kill    Again… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • nobble — verb (T) BrE informal 1 to get someone s attention, especially in order to persuade them to do something: I ll try to nobble Jim and ask him if he ll help us. 2 to make someone do what you want by offering them money or threatening them 3 to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • nobble — /ˈnɒbəl / (say nobuhl) verb (t) (nobbled, nobbling) Colloquial 1. to disable (a horse), as by drugging it: *nobbling every starter in a race but the odds on favourite. –david foster, 1981. 2. to win (a person, etc.) over by underhand means. 3. to …  

  • nobble — transitive verb (nobbled; nobbling) Etymology: perhaps irregular frequentative of nab Date: 1847 1. British to incapacitate (a racehorse) especially by drugging 2. slang, British a. to win over to one s side b. steal …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nobble — nobbler, n. /nob euhl/, v.t., nobbled, nobbling. Brit. Slang. 1. to drug or disable (a race horse) to prevent its winning a race. 2. to convince (a person) by fraudulent methods; misrepresent or lie to. 3. to swindle; defraud. 4. to seize (a… …   Universalium

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