- The process of shaping building stone to the roughly desired dimensions while the stone is still at the quarry.
- noun an act of dishonestly interfering with a process, such as by bribing a member of a jury or drugging a racehorse. From the verb.
- noun a trick, a devious scheme or clever way of doing things
- verb to incapacitate or subvert. The term applies specifically to drugging or otherwise distressing a racehorse in order to adversely affect its performance, or to suborning or threatening members of a jury. The word probably originated in rustic use with the meaning ‘knock on the head’, perhaps influenced by nob, and hobble.