Definition of Hustle

1. Noun. A swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property.

Exact synonyms: Bunco, Bunco Game, Bunko, Bunko Game, Con, Con Game, Confidence Game, Confidence Trick, Flimflam, Gyp, Sting
Specialized synonyms: Sting Operation
Generic synonyms: Cheat, Rig, Swindle
Derivative terms: Bunco, Con, Flim-flam, Gyp

2. Verb. Cause to move furtively and hurriedly. "The secret service agents hustled the speaker out of the amphitheater"
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move

3. Noun. A rapid active commotion.
Exact synonyms: Ado, Bustle, Flurry, Fuss, Stir
Generic synonyms: Commotion, Din, Ruckus, Ruction, Rumpus, Tumult
Derivative terms: Bustle, Flurry, Fuss

4. Verb. Move or cause to move energetically or busily. "The streets hustle with crowds"; "The cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance"
Exact synonyms: Bustle, Bustle About
Generic synonyms: Move
Entails: Belt Along, Bucket Along, Cannonball Along, Hasten, Hie, Hotfoot, Pelt Along, Race, Rush, Rush Along, Speed, Step On It
Derivative terms: Bustle

5. Verb. Sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity.
Exact synonyms: Pluck, Roll
Generic synonyms: Steal
Derivative terms: Hustler, Hustler

6. Verb. Get by trying hard. "She hustled a free lunch from the waiter"
Generic synonyms: Have, Receive

7. Verb. Pressure or urge someone into an action.
Generic synonyms: Persuade

Definition of Hustle

1. v. t. To shake together in confusion; to push, jostle, or crowd rudely; to handle roughly; as, to hustle a person out of a room.

2. v. i. To push or crows; to force one's way; to move hustily and with confusion; a hurry.

Definition of Hustle

1. Verb. (intransitive) To rush or hurry. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To con or deceive; especially financially. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To bundle, to stow something quickly. ¹

4. Verb. to dance the hustle (see Wikipedia:Hustle (dance)) ¹

5. Verb. To play deliberately badly at a game or sport in an attempt to encourage players to challenge. ¹

6. Verb. To sell sex, to work as a pimp. ¹

7. Verb. To be a prostitute, to exchange use of one's body for sexual purposes for money. ¹

8. Noun. A state of busy activity. ¹

9. Noun. A type of disco dance. See Wikipedia:Hustle (dance) for more information. ¹

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Definition of Hustle

1. to hurry [v -TLED, -TLING, -TLES] - See also: hurry

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hustle

hussar monkey
hustle alarm
hustle and bustle

Literary usage of Hustle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1850)
"A liquid is said t pitch when it stands, and a sediment take place at the bottom of the vessel. PITCH ATS. Broken glass, china, &c. PITCH-AND-hustle. ..."

2. The Story of the Sun, New York, 1833-1918: New York, 1833-1918 by Frank Michael O'Brien (1918)
"... CHAPTER VI MOSES Y. BEACH'S ERA OF hustle "The Sun" Uses Albany Steamboats, Horse Expresses, Trotting Teams, Pigeons, and the Telegraph to Get News. ..."

3. The Church at Play: A Manual for Directors of Social and Recreational Life by Norman Egbert Richardson (1922)
"Club-hustle Relay, no. Dodge Ball. in. Last Couple Out. 112. Pop Ball. 113. Rabbit in a Hole. 114. Duck on a Rock. 115. Garden Scamp. 116. Fox and Geese. ..."

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