hustle

verb
hus·​tle | \ ˈhə-səl How to pronounce hustle (audio) \
hustled; hustling\ ˈhə-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce hustling (audio) \

Definition of hustle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to crowd or push roughly : jostle, shove had been hustled into a jail cell with the other protesters
b : to convey forcibly or hurriedly … grabbed him by the arm and hustled him out the door …— John Dos Passos
c : to urge forward precipitately hustling tourists from one museum to the next
2a : to obtain by energetic activity usually used with up hustle up new customerstry to hustle up some tickets to tonight's gamehustling up some grub
b : to sell something to or obtain something from (someone) by energetic and especially underhanded activity : swindle hustling the suckers an elaborate scam to hustle the elderly
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

intransitive verb

1 : shove, press
2 : hasten, hurry you'd better hustle if you want to catch the bus
3a : to make strenuous efforts to obtain especially money or business Our quartet was out hustling … and we knew we stood good to take in a lot of change before the night was over.— Louis Armstrong
b : to obtain money by fraud or deception
c : to engage in prostitution
4 : to play a game or sport in an alert aggressive manner She's not the most talented player on the team, but she always hustles.

hustle

noun

Definition of hustle (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : energetic activity I … went about the hustle of summer life.— Stephen W. Kress You stepped out of Penn Station into the dizzying hustle of Eighth Avenue …— Colson Whitehead I enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city.
b chiefly US : effort and energy in playing a sport a baseball player who has been criticized for lack of hustle The fans admire them for their hustle. a player known more for his hustle than his talent
2 informal : a dishonest plan for getting money : scam Now, the secret of any hustle is that you have to have information that the other guy doesn't have.— Paul Newman … a once-inspired con man on his last hustle— Marilyn Stasio

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Other Words from hustle

Verb

hustler \ ˈhə-​slər How to pronounce hustler (audio) \ noun

Examples of hustle in a Sentence

Verb

The guards hustled the prisoners into the jail. The star's manager hustled him out the back door of the theater to avoid the throngs of fans. He's not the most talented player on the team, but he always hustles. He's been hustling drugs for a few years. They hustle diamonds, furs—whatever people are buying.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

However … Dubon held the ball for an extra count or two, saw Frazier breaking for third, and threw to Longoria, who hustled toward the bag and tagged out Frazier. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Mauricio Dubon displays high baseball IQ," 12 Sep. 2019 Defensive end Joey Bosa said Davis has called him out for not hustling to the sidelines. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Veteran Thomas Davis brings wisdom and leadership to Chargers," 4 Sep. 2019 Wilson cut back right and received a tremendous, down-field block by hustling quarterback C.J. Beahard. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers vs. Chargers: 3 studs, 3 duds," 30 Aug. 2019 Chickens hustle busily in some yards, horses graze in others. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019 In 2007, McAnally — an aspiring songwriter who had hustled 14 years without catching a break — was couch-surfing in Los Angeles after losing his home and having his car repossessed. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "How Songland’s Shane McAnally Went from Homeless to Country's Hottest Hitmaker," 27 June 2019 As Baffert hustled out of the suite and into an elevator with David Hanley from WinStar, Garcia called on their team radio. Tim Layden, SI.com, "It's Instinctive to Compare Justify's Triple Crown to American Pharoah's but Both Share Connection to Greatness," 10 June 2018 Like Nathan Finnerty, who is again riding, leading a pack of kids toward the Lynn Woods Reservation, with his little brother Xavier hustling to keep up. Billy Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "The cruiser kids of Lynn," 18 July 2019 Passengers pushing luggage carts hustled to grab their tickets at self-service kiosks as others raced to catch flights, the sound of their rolling luggage following them. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "The TWA Hotel at JFK: How to see this aviation history gem on your layover," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of hustle

Verb

1720, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hustle

Verb

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

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hustle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hustle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

hustle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hustle (Entry 2 of 2)

: energetic activity
chiefly US : effort and energy in playing a sport
informal : a dishonest plan for getting money

hustle

verb
hus·​tle | \ ˈhə-səl How to pronounce hustle (audio) \
hustled; hustling

Kids Definition of hustle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to push, crowd, or force forward roughly Officers hustled the prisoner to jail.
2 : to move or work rapidly and tirelessly They're hustling to get the job done. He hustled back to class.

hustle

noun

Kids Definition of hustle (Entry 2 of 2)

: energetic activity The hustle and bustle of the school day began.

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