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
Five years ago, a buyer with a $150,000 budget and a desire to be close to Downtown Boise would have to hustle to find a small house in the North End.
Vargas also got double plays in the second, fourth and sixth, and would have had another in the third if Daniel Robertson hadn't been hustling to first base.
While Buena was throwing the ball back to Ampole, McErlane hustled into second, putting runners on second and third with one out.
Hector Jimenez intercepted a pass deep in Seattle territory and hustled to win the loose ball.
Yet Storm Lake, hustled along by the relentless drive of manufacturers to cut labor costs and by the town’s grit to survive, is still growing.
Kyle Barwan is behind bars again for lying about military service to hustle money from women at a Lakeland park, according to his arrest affidavit, reports WFLA NBC News-8 in Tampa.
Numbers were critical as the Allies hustled to recover from the staggering losses wrought by German submarines during the Battle of the Atlantic.
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Origin and Etymology of hustle
Dutch husselen to shake, from Middle Dutch hutselen, frequentative of hutsen
First Known Use: 1720
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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