Definition of hustle
1a : to crowd or push roughly : jostle, shove had been hustled into a jail cell with the other protestersb : to convey forcibly or hurriedly grabbed him by the arm and hustled him out the door — John Dos Passosc : 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 customers try to hustle up some tickets to tonight's game hustling up some grubb : 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 elderlyc : to sell or promote energetically and aggressively hustling a new productd : to lure less skillful players into competing against oneself at (a gambling game) hustle pool
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 Armstrongb : to obtain money by fraud or deceptionc : 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.
hustlerplay \ˈhə-slər\ noun
Examples of hustle in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of hustle from the Web
With a feeling of city pride woven into the fabric, Detroit Hustles Harder caught on.
Warner Bros. hustled through the investigation, while cast members and fans begged ABC to put Paradise back on the air.
Hustling down a twisty B-road involves little effort or skill from the driver.
Against Crew SC, Konig hustled to turn a loose ball into what amounted to a secondary assist on Djiby's famous game-winning header (the actual assist went to left back Justin Hoyte).
But lurking behind all the manifold specific problems was a deeper discontent: the lingering resentment of the British moderate center at being hustled out of the EU on false promises.
The driver of the pickup hustles over to give him a hand and the two of them hoist the ladder off the tracks just before the Trinity Railway Express train passes.
Brinklow and her husband, Steve, were trying to get back to their hotel when she was hustled away by police responding to the van-and-knife attack that killed seven people and injured scores more.
Letendre recalled the season opener, and watching many of the hardy truck-chasers either eating in their cars or hustling back to the office buildings that surround the parking lot.
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Origin and Etymology of hustle
Dutch husselen to shake, from Middle Dutch hutselen, frequentative of hutsen
First Known Use: 1720See Words from the same year
HUSTLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hustle for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of hustle for Students
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.
Definition of hustle for Students
: energetic activity The hustle and bustle of the school day began.
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