Definition of nobble in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɒb(ə)l/


[with object] British informal
1Try to influence or thwart by underhand or unfair methods: an attempt to nobble the jury
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  • Not only have they revolted against the attempts by the whips to nobble select committees, they're starting to talk out of turn in Westminster.
  • We are concerned to make sure that people do not nobble juries - that juries do not have a rogue element that will not be convinced either way and simply not look at the issues.
  • He wastes five long years nobbling Hanson silently and quietly via the courts!
bribe, corrupt, suborn, buy, buy off, pay off, get at, induce, lure, entice, grease someone's palm, oil someone's palm/hand;
influence, persuade, win over, secure someone's support, sway, swing, affect, control, manipulate
1.1Tamper with (a racehorse or greyhound) to prevent it from winning a race, especially by giving it a drug: a doping ring nobbled three of the trainer’s horses in 1990
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  • It would be neatly symmetrical if he were recalled for Saturday, for it was at the Millennium stadium six weeks ago that he was in such blistering form for Munster before being nobbled.
2Obtain dishonestly; steal: he intended to nobble Rose’s money
steal, thieve, rob, embezzle
2.1Seize or accost (someone): they nobbled him and threw him on to the train people always tried to nobble her at parties
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  • I was in the middle of ordering a very expensive round of gins and tonics when I was nobbled by one of the wedding guests at the bar.
  • When the team of waiting staff delivered the last of the meals and wished us bon appétit, I nobbled the waiter nearest me.
  • But then, when the official part was over, I was nobbled by a man in the English Department.
abduct, seize, capture, kidnap, catch, apprehend, arrest, take into custody, take in, bring in
informal snatch, nab, nail, pinch, cop, run in, pull in, pick up, collar
British informal nick



Example sentences
  • Young women ‘nobblers’ are more inclined to disguise themselves as young girls who claim to be too poor to continue their education or who say they need money to go back home.
  • The gang plotted to put drugs money into normal circulation through betting, using a range of informers and horse nobblers to ensure that the bets were as risk-free as possible.
  • Meanwhile the government's nobblers will be out in force, but perhaps the real problems will come from inside Latham's own stable.


Mid 19th century: probably a variant of dialect knobble, knubble 'knock, strike with the knuckles'.

Words that rhyme with nobble

bobble, Chernobyl, cobble, gobble, hobble, knobble, squabble, wobble

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