English - Usage Notes
English - Pronunciation
English - Verb
(UK, Australia, slang) To injure or obstruct intentionally; batter.
2011, Terry Ryder, "Affordable-housing lobby out to nobble investments", The Australian, 22 October 2011:
- Their core belief, unsupported by evidence or logic, is that homes are unaffordable because investors drive up prices.
- Australians for Affordable Housing appears to think that nobbling investors will strike a telling blow for first-time buyers: remove negative gearing and increase capital gains tax, and homes will be affordable.
- 2012, Gavin Clarke, "Google attacks Twitter's search bias claim", The Register, 11 January 2012:
- 2012, "3D printing: Difference Engine: The PC all over again?", The Economist, 9 September 2012:
- 2011, Terry Ryder, "Affordable-housing lobby out to nobble investments", The Australian, 22 October 2011:
(UK, slang) To gain influence by corrupt means or intimidation.
- 2000, Italo Pardo, Morals of Legitimacy: Between Agency and System, page 122
- 2002, Kevin Jefferys, Labour Forces: From Ernie Bevin to Gordon Brown, page 107
- 2012, Mark Hagger, William: King and Conqueror, page 75
- (UK, slang) To steal.