I miss the hustle and bustle of New York when I fly in to speak or for meetings.
There is much purposeful hustle and bustle but tasks go uncompleted; confusion reigns.
The bustle of the newsroom is a mere backdrop for self-involved characters to give talky speeches and taunt each other.
Here in the former home of the Maharaja one finds an opulent oasis from the bustle of the city.
Several other addicts out here concur: The reason for all the bustle is that Kensington Avenue has become a drug-bust-free zone.
The vessel was in a state of bustle, and what to the travellers seemed confusion.
Meanwhile there had been bustle and preparation in all parts of the great vessel.
At the bustle I made the girl turned her eyes slowly in my direction, and even the old woman was checked in her knitting.
What is there in it, says she, that all this bustle is about?
It was a pleasant enough little abode on the outside at any rate, sheltered from the noise and bustle of the great city.
"be active," 1570s (bustling "noisy or excited activity" is from early 15c.), frequentative of Middle English bresten "to rush, break," from Old English bersten (see burst (v.)), influenced by Old Norse buask "to make oneself ready" (see busk (v.)), or from busk (v.) via a frequentative form buskle. Related: Bustled; bustling; bustler.
"activity, stir, fuss, commotion," 1630s, from bustle (v.).
"padding in a skirt," 1788, of uncertain origin, perhaps from German Buschel "bunch, pad," or it might be a special use of bustle (n.1) with reference to "rustling motion."
BUSTLE. A pad stuffed with cotton, feathers, bran, &c., worn by ladies for the double purpose of giving a greater rotundity or prominence to the hips, and setting off the smallness of the waist. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]