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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GORBLE, v.3 To sew or knit clumsily.m.Sc. 1924 “O. Douglas” Pink Sugar xxii.:
I've no head for dressmaking. I can only gorble away and mend.
m.Sc. 1950 “O. Douglas” Farewell to Priorsford 220:
“There's one thing she likes,” said Bessie, “knittin' scarves; as long as the mistress gives her wool she'll sit gorblin' away.”

[A variant corrupted form, with intrusive r, of cobble, to patch up. Cf. Gabble, Garble, Girble.]

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