/snaf"euhl/, n., v., snaffled, snaffling.
1. Also called snaffle bit. a bit, usually jointed in the middle and without a curb, with a large ring at each end to which a rein and cheek strap are attached.
2. to put a snaffle on (a horse).
3. to control with or as with a snaffle.
[1525-35; orig. uncert.; cf. OFris snavel mouth, D snavel, G Schnabel beak, bill]
/snaf"euhl/, v.t., snaffled, snaffling. Brit. Informal.
to appropriate for one's own use, esp. by devious means; purloin; filch.
[1715-25; orig. uncert.]

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