|Origin:||Perhaps from knobble 'to hit with the closed hand' (1800-1900)|
nob‧ble [transitive] British English informal
to make someone do what you want by illegally offering them money or threatening them [↪ bribe]:
The jury had been nobbled and the case had to be reheard.
to prevent a horse from winning a race, especially by giving it drugs
to get someone's attention, especially in order to persuade them to do something:
I was nobbled by my deaf old aunt and couldn't get away.