1. a blow ...Bk1826 Eng. dial.
2. (from The History of Sedgley Park School, Staffordshire, by Frederick Charles Husenbeth, 1856)
"A severe punishment inflicted by the boys themselves upon a boy who had offended by some bad conduct. It consisted of fastening his hands behind him to a table, which he was made to draw after him the whole length of the playroom, the boys all the while belabouring him with their handkerchiefs twisted into scourges."
to beat, to strike, to chastise, to correct;
to knock on the head ...Bk1826 Eng. dial.
from cob (n. a blow; vb. to strike) + nobble (vb. to strike, to hit, to beat up), from nob (n. the head)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1826 - COBNOBBLE, to correct or chastize
From: An Attempt at a Glossary of Some Words Used in Cheshire
- Roger Wilbraham
"..Charles. He who would from parties rob'll
Finds out he's in the wrong box.
Clem. Him we'll capture and cobnobble,
Open locks whoever knocks...."
From: Lacy's Acting Edition of Plays, Dramas, Farces, Extravaganzas, Etc., Etc.
Volume 93, 1871
Robert Macaire, Or, The Roadside Inn Turned Inside Out.
- Henry J. Byron, Scene II