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 for To bob at an apple
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bob \Bob\, v. i.
     1. To have a short, jerking motion; to play to and fro, or up
        and down; to play loosely against anything. "Bobbing and
        courtesying." --Thackeray.
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     2. To angle with a bob. See Bob, n., 2 & 3.
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              He ne'er had learned the art to bob
              For anything but eels.                --Saxe.
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     To bob at an apple, cherry, etc. to attempt to bite or
        seize with the mouth an apple, cherry, or other round
        fruit, while it is swinging from a string or floating in a
        tug of water.
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