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nobble

To shape stone roughly, usually at the quarry.
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They have been nobbled by their party whips," he said.
A Saudi prince took the hump when he thought his prize camels had been nobbled.
THE big freeze may have nobbled the domestic sporting programme but the African Nations Cup will kick-off in Angola tonight without a snowflake in sight.
sufficiently to come second in the inaugural King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1951, ridden by 15-year-old Lester Piggott, was a champion, whereas Pinturischio never ran after being nobbled and therefore did not improve on his fourth place under Piggott in the worst 2,000 Guineas of the century.
Across Europe the prices of everyday goods and services have consistently been nobbled during conversion to the euro from the deutschmark, punt, franc and peseta.
Defence barrister Barry Macdonald said: "To use the vernacular, this witness has been nobbled by the prosecution or the police.
I've been told the 'time' e-mails are sent can be easily nobbled.
Fair enough-and, in the internet era, most works of reference are nobbled by a sense of instant obsolescence, no matter how comprehensive they aim to be.
NOW that it looks like the jury in the trial of farmer Tony Martin may have been nobbled, one hopes that his conviction for murder will be overturned.
A light spinning outfit nobbled his best one-day bag of 33 in local Poole harbour last November.
DAVID MOYES claims Roberto Martinez nobbled the officials with his moan about Wigan getting no decisions.
Deportiva La Corunna star Duscher, 23, nobbled the England captain's World Cup hopes with a two-footed lunge on Wednesday.