Other forms: hustled; hustling; hustles

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.

Definitions of hustle
  1. verb
    move or cause to move energetically or busily
    synonyms: bustle, bustle about
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. verb
    cause to move furtively and hurriedly
    “The secret service agents hustled the speaker out of the amphitheater”
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. noun
    a rapid active commotion
    synonyms: ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, stir
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    commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
    the act of making a noisy disturbance
  4. verb
    sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
    synonyms: pluck, roll
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    take without the owner's consent
  5. verb
    pressure or urge someone into an action
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    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
  6. verb
    get by trying hard
    “she hustled a free lunch from the waiter”
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    have, receive
    get something; come into possession of
  7. noun
    (offensive) 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, sting
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    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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