hustle

To hustle something means to hurriedly push it along. If you overslept, you'll have to hustle out of the house to get to work on time.

Hustle comes from the Dutch word for "shake" or "toss." As a noun, a hustle is a busy, hurried scene, like the hustle of the subway at rush hour. We also call the act of swindling a hustle, because it happens so fast. As a verb, hustle can either mean to swindle someone or to hurry them, or to work hard. You can hustle someone out the door. If you hustle, you can earn good tips as a waiter.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: hustle

1
vn
move or cause to move energetically or busily
a rapid active commotion
2
vn
sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: hustle
1

v move or cause to move energetically or busily

Synonyms:
bustle, bustle about
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v cause to move furtively and hurriedly

“The secret service agents hustled the speaker out of the amphitheater”
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

n a rapid active commotion

Synonyms:
ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, stir
Type of:
commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
the act of making a noisy disturbance
2

v sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity

Synonyms:
pluck, roll
Type of:
steal
take without the owner's consent

v pressure or urge someone into an action

Type of:
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

v get by trying hard

“she hustled a free lunch from the waiter”
Type of:
have, receive
get something; come into possession of

n a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property

Synonyms:
bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, sting
Types:
sting operation
a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
Type of:
cheat, rig, swindle
the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme
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