out·​hus·​tle ˌau̇t-ˈhə-səl How to pronounce outhustle (audio)
outhustled; outhustling

transitive verb

: to hustle more than : to outdo or defeat by hustling
"We definitely took them too lightly," Lakers center Vlade Divac said. "We came into the game thinking we were going to win. We deserve to lose and they deserve to win. They outhustled us."The New York Times

Examples of outhustle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another game like this, in which the Lakers don’t execute, get pushed around and outhustled and outplayed, could hand control of the series to their opponent. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2023 Booker needed to redeem himself after being outhustled by Russell Westbrook in the first game of the series on Sunday. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 18 Apr. 2023 Enter Email Sign Up The Hawks are outhustling the Celtics, and Mazzulla implored his club to increase their aggressiveness in pursuing rebounds, but that has waned since Game 1. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Apr. 2023 Phoenix won the rebounding battle for the second straight game Thursday night by outhustling the Clippers on the glass, 45-40. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2023 The Lakers had chances late but missed four straight three-pointers while the Grizzlies put the game away on the offensive glass — one final reminder of how the Lakers were outhustled. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2023 Yet for much of the game the moment seized them, the Timberwolves outhustling and outworking the Lakers, taking a 15-point lead in the third quarter, not surrendering their edge until Dennis Schroder broke a tie by sinking an open three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2023 Tasked with the David-versus-Goliath task of trying to get past reigning national champion and undefeated South Carolina, the No. 2 seed Terps outplayed, outhustled and outscrapped their opponent and actually owned a 21-15 lead after the first quarter. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 28 Mar. 2023 But the Bearcats were outhustled and manhandled in the paint, even as Houston played without injured leading scorer Marcus Sasser most of the game. Jason Williams, The Enquirer, 13 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outhustle was in 1945

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“Outhustle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outhustle. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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