• IPA: /ˈhʌsəl/

hustle (hustles, present participle hustling; past and past participle hustled)

  1. To push someone roughly, to crowd, to jostle.
    • 1915, G[eorge] A. Birmingham [pseudonym; James Owen Hannay], chapter I, in Gossamer, New York, N.Y.: George H. Doran Company, OCLC 5661828 ↗:
      There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. […] Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place. Pushing men hustle each other at the windows of the purser's office, under pretence of expecting letters or despatching telegrams.
  2. (intransitive) To rush or hurry.
    I'll have to hustle to get there on time.
  3. (transitive) To bundle; to stow something quickly.
  4. (transitive) To con or deceive; especially financially.
    The guy tried to hustle me into buying into a bogus real estate deal.
  5. To play deliberately badly at a game or sport in an attempt to encourage players to challenge.
  6. (informal) To obtain by illicit or forceful action.
  7. (informal) To sell sex; to work as a pimp.
  8. (informal) To be a prostitute, to exchange use of one's body for sexual purposes for money.
  9. To dance the hustle, a disco dance.
  10. (informal) To work.
  11. (informal) To put a lot of effort into one's work.
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  1. A state of busy activity.
  2. A propensity to work hard and get things done; ability to hustle.
  3. A type of disco dance, commonly danced to the Van McCoy song The Hustle (song).
  4. (prison slang) An activity, such as prostitution or reselling stolen items, that a prisoner uses to earn money in prison.
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  • Russian: хасл

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