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nobbling

illegal interference with a horse before a race to ensure that it does not race well.
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There's no such thing as 'home advantage' at Wimbledon, old boy, in fact we'll go out of our way to nobble a Brit just to prove our sense of fair play.
John Henry Sayers' brother, 45-year-old Stephen, and Mark Rowe, 40, are also accused of being involved in the plot to nobble the juror.
A lovable gang of bookies, planning to nobble the favourite at a nearby racecourse, book in and create a bit of mayhem with their crackpot preparations, and Alexander Fisher is outstanding as their chirpy leader, Alfred Tubbe.
In other words, the Tory manacles are a partisan attempt by the political wing of spivs, speculators and bad bosses to destroy organised resistance, nobble Labour and create a 21st-century slave workforce.
The attempt to nobble me as opening media team runner in last week's Parliamentary Pancake Race.
The gang's three previous trials over a five-year period had to be aborted - the last after an attempt to nobble two jurors was discovered.
A FORMER Leeds United executive has claimed he was involved in a bizarre plot to nobble international soccer star Gary Kelly in a bid to cut the club's massive wage bill.
I had a little nobble with Will, asking him how many games it's been since he scored, and pops up with four - I'm made up for him," said Richardson.