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By metathesis from Dutch hutselen (to shake up).



hustle (third-person singular simple present hustles, present participle hustling, simple past and past participle hustled)

  1. (intransitive) To rush or hurry.
    I'll have to hustle to get there on time.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt Chapter 12
      Men in dairy lunches were hustling to gulp down the food which cooks had hustled to fry
  2. (transitive) To con or deceive; especially financially.
    The guy tried to hustle me into buying into a bogus real estate deal.
  3. (transitive) To bundle, to stow something quickly.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      There was a person called Nana who ruled the nursery. Sometimes she took no notice of the playthings lying about, and sometimes, for no reason whatever, she went swooping about like a great wind and hustled them away in cupboards.
  4. To dance the hustle, a disco dance.
  5. To play deliberately badly at a game or sport in an attempt to encourage players to challenge.
  6. To sell sex, to work as a pimp.
  7. To be a prostitute, to exchange use of one's body for sexual purposes for money.
  8. (informal) To put a lot of effort into one's work.



hustle (plural hustles)

  1. A state of busy activity.
  2. A type of disco dance.

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