Meaning of 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.

Definitions of hustle
  1. verb

    move or cause to move energetically or busily


    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


    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


    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

    hustled a free lunch from the waiter”
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    have, receive

    get something; come into possession of

  7. noun

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


    bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, 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)
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    cheat, rig, swindle

    the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme

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