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verb hus·tle \ˈhə-səl\

Simple Definition of hustle

  • : to quickly move or push (someone) often in a rough way

  • : to move or work in a quick and energetic way

  • : to play a sport with a lot of energy and effort

Full Definition of hustle

hus·tledhus·tling play \ˈhə-s(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  jostle, shove b :  to convey forcibly or hurriedly c :  to urge forward precipitately

  3. 2 a :  to obtain by energetic activity <hustle up new customers> b :  to sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity <hustling the suckers> c :  to sell or promote energetically and aggressively <hustling a new product> d :  to lure less skillful players into competing against oneself at (a gambling game) <hustle pool>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  shove, press

  6. 2 :  hasten, hurry

  7. 3 a :  to make strenuous efforts to obtain especially money or business b :  to obtain money by fraud or deception c :  to engage in prostitution

  8. 4 :  to play a game or sport in an alert aggressive manner

hustle noun
hus·tler play \ˈhə-slər\ noun

Examples of hustle

  1. The guards hustled the prisoners into the jail.

  2. The star's manager hustled him out the back door of the theater to avoid the throngs of fans.

  3. He's not the most talented player on the team, but he always hustles.

  4. He's been hustling drugs for a few years.

  5. They hustle diamonds, furs—whatever people are buying.

Origin of hustle

Dutch husselen to shake, from Middle Dutch hutselen, frequentative of hutsen

First Known Use: 1720

Rhymes with hustle

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February 10, 2016

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