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verb (used without object), hustled, hustling.
to proceed or work rapidly or energetically: to hustle about putting a house in order.
to push or force one's way; jostle or shove.
to be aggressive, especially in business or other financial dealings.
Slang. to earn one's living by illicit or unethical means.
Slang. (of a prostitute) to solicit clients.
verb (used with object), hustled, hustling.
to convey or cause to move, especially to leave, roughly or hurriedly: They hustled him out of the bar.
to pressure or coerce (a person) to buy or do something: to hustle the customers into buying more drinks.
to urge, prod, or speed up: Hustle your work along.
to obtain by aggressive or illicit means: He could always hustle a buck or two from some sucker.
to beg; solicit.
to sell in or work (an area), especially by high-pressure tactics: The souvenir venders began hustling the town at dawn.
to sell aggressively: to hustle souvenirs.
to jostle, push, or shove roughly.
Slang. to induce (someone) to gamble or to promote (a gambling game) when the odds of winning are overwhelmingly in one's own favor.
Slang. to cheat; swindle: They hustled him out of his savings.
(of a prostitute) to solicit (someone).
to attempt to persuade (someone) to have sexual relations.
to promote or publicize in a lively, vigorous, or aggressive manner: an author hustling her new book on the TV talk shows.
energetic activity, as in work.
discourteous shoving, pushing, or jostling.
an inducing by fraud, pressure, or deception, especially of inexperienced or uninformed persons, to buy something, to participate in an illicit scheme, dishonest gambling game, etc.
such a product, scheme, gambling game, etc.
Informal. a competitive struggle: the hustle to earn a living.
a fast, lively, popular ballroom dance evolving from Latin American, swing, rock, and disco dance styles, with a strong basic rhythm and simple step pattern augmented by strenuous turns, breaks, etc.

1675–85; < Dutch husselen, variant of hutselen to shake, equivalent to hutsen to shake + -el- -le

outhustle, verb (used with object), outhustled, outhustling.
unhustled, adjective
unhustling, adjective
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hustle (ˈhʌsəl)
1.  to shove or crowd (someone) roughly
2.  to move or cause to move hurriedly or furtively: he hustled her out of sight
3.  (tr) to deal with or cause to proceed hurriedly: to hustle legislation through
4.  slang to earn or obtain (something) forcefully
5.  slang (US), (Canadian) (of procurers and prostitutes) to solicit
6.  an instance of hustling
7.  undue activity
8.  a disco dance of the 1970s
[C17: from Dutch husselen to shake, from Middle Dutch hutsen]

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Word Origin & History

1684, "to shake to and fro" (especially of money in a cap, as part of a game called hustle-cap), metathesized from Du. hutselen, husseln "to shake, to toss," freq. of hutsen, var. of hotsen "to shake." "The stems hot-, hut- appear in a number of formations in both High and Low German dialects, all implying
a shaking movement" [O.E.D.]. Meaning of "push roughly, shove" first recorded 1751. That of "hurry, move quickly" is from 1812. "To get in a quick, illegal manner" is 1840 in Amer.Eng.; "to sell goods aggressively" is 1887. The noun sense of "illegal business activity" is first recorded 1963 in Amer.Eng. Hustler "thief" is first recorded 1825; in sense of "energetic person" (especially a salesman) it is from 1882; in sense of "prostitute" it dates from 1924.
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Slang Dictionary

hustle definition

  1. in.
    to move rapidly; to hurry. : It's late. I've got to hustle.
  2. n.
    hurried movement; confusion. : I can't work when there is all this hustle around me.
  3. n.
    a scheme to make money; a special technique for making money. (Underworld. This includes drug dealing, prostitution, and other vice activities.) : Each of these punks has a hustle—a specialty in crime. , We all know what Shorty's hustle is.
  4. in.
    to use one's special technique for making money. : He's out there on the streets hustling all the time.
  5. tv.
    to use a scheme on a person to try to make money; to consomeone. : Don't try to hustle me, sister. I know which end is up.
  6. tv.
    to attempt to seduce someone. : I think that Britney's hustling Max.
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