- to disable (a horse), as by drugging to keep it from winning a race
- to win over by bribery or other underhanded methods
- to cheat or swindle
Origin of nobbleuncertain or unknown; perhaps frequentative of nab
transitive verbnob·bled, nob·bling, nob·bles Chiefly British
- To disable (a racehorse), especially by drugging.
- To win (a person) over.
- To outdo or get the better of by devious means.
- To filch or steal.
- To kidnap.
Origin of nobbleOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present nobbles, present participle nobbling, simple past and past participle nobbled)
- (UK, Australia, slang) To injure or obstruct intentionally; batter.
- (UK, slang) To gain influence by corrupt means or intimidation.
- The jury was nobbled to delay unanimous verdict.
- (UK, slang) To steal.
The first meaning is employed mainly in sporting contexts, especially in horse racing. The second is used in judicial contexts, applied often to courts, juries and other judicial bodies.