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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Perhaps from knobble 'to hit with the closed hand' (1800-1900)

nobble

verb
     
Related topics: Horses
nob‧ble [transitive] British English informal
1 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.
2DSH to prevent a horse from winning a race, especially by giving it drugs
3 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.

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