Hustle meaning

hŭsəl
To move or act energetically and rapidly.

We hustled to get dinner ready on time.

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A way of making money, esp. a dishonest way.
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The definition of a hustle is an act of shoving or a quick movement, or an act of getting something by wrongful or illegal means.

An example of a hustle is a quick run across the soccer field.

An example of a hustle is a stealing of money.

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Hustle is defined as to move quickly or push, or to get something by wrongful or illegal ways.

An example of to hustle is to race quickly through a mall to get to a store before it closes.

An example of to hustle is to steal money from someone.

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The act or an instance of jostling or shoving.
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Energetic activity; drive.
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An illicit or unethical way of doing business or obtaining money; a fraud or deceit.
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To push or knock about; shove or jostle in a rude, rough manner.
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To force in a rough, hurried manner.

To hustle a rowdy customer out of a bar.

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To cause to be done, prepared, sent, etc. quickly or too quickly; hurry.
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To get, sell, victimize, etc. by aggressive, often dishonest means.
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To push one's way; move hurriedly.
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To work or act rapidly or energetically.
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The act of hustling; esp., rough jostling or shoving.
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Energetic action or effort; drive.
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(intransitive) To rush or hurry.

I'll have to hustle to get there on time.

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To con or deceive; especially financially.

The guy tried to hustle me into buying into a bogus real estate deal.

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To bundle, to stow something quickly.
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To dance the hustle, a disco dance.
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To play deliberately badly at a game or sport in an attempt to encourage players to challenge.
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To sell sex, to work as a pimp.
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To be a prostitute, to exchange use of one's body for sexual purposes for money.
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(informal) To put a lot of effort into one's work.
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A state of busy activity.
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A type of disco dance.
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To push or force one's way.
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To act aggressively, especially in business dealings.
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To push or convey in a hurried or rough manner.

Hustled the prisoner into a van.

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To cause or urge to proceed quickly; hurry.

Hustled the board into a quick decision.

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Origin of hustle

  • Dutch husselen to shake from Middle Dutch hustelen frequentative of hutsen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • By metathesis from Dutch hutselen (“to shake up”).

    From Wiktionary