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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He was hustled away by some of the extra police officers drafted in for the case.
▪ It was unjust and degrading to be hustled away like this, Sabine thought.
▪ The sound of the crash turned every head, and they smiled as they saw her hustled away towards his office.
▪ Kent were hustled out for 196.
▪ The five, organized by a Catholic pacifist group, Voices in the Wilderness, were hustled out by ushers.
▪ Ignominiously, I was hustled out after my second question clutching my scrap of question paper.
▪ Manager Davey Johnson hustled out of the dugout.
▪ Come on, guys, let's hustle!
▪ I don't like answering the phone during dinner just to be hustled by some stranger.
▪ Martin seized her arm and hustled her away.
▪ The two men were hustled into a police van and driven away.
▪ Two policemen quickly appeared and hustled him out.
▪ We hustled back to the car.
▪ He stumbled on it, almost fell, then picked up the front of it and hustled after his friends.
▪ He was hustled up to London to have his head cut off with less mercy than we would treat a chicken.
▪ He was in the right place at the right time and hustling as he usually does.
▪ If my wife and I hustle, it takes us fifteen minutes just to unload it all from the trailer.
▪ Kent were hustled out for 196.
▪ Plus hustling l aura Smolensky is not cheap.
▪ Police forced the relatives to the ground before hustling them out of Liverpool Crown Court.
▪ The five, organized by a Catholic pacifist group, Voices in the Wilderness, were hustled out by ushers.
▪ Hey, good hustle, Paul!
▪ Williams brings a lot of spirit and hustle to the team.
▪ He figured I had a hustle of my own going and that made us birds of a feather.
▪ He had six young girls working for him and had a pretty good smoke hustle going.
▪ He succeeded simply in insinuating himself into the lineup of Washington regulars: a huckster in continual search of a hustle.
▪ Life was terribly hectic in the city, she thought, all hustle and bustle.
▪ Obviously, Garrett approves, saying he saw more hustle in one spring drill than he saw all last season.
▪ She enjoyed all the hustle and bustle of people and music.
▪ The hustle and bustle of modern life occurs in the shadow of history.
▪ The Pátio is an interesting oasis in which to rest from the hustle and bustle of Funchal.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hustle \Hus"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hustled; p. pr. & vb. n. Hustling.] [D. hustelen to shake, fr. husten to shake. Cf. Hotchpotch.] To shake together in confusion; to push, jostle, or crowd rudely; to handle roughly; as, to hustle a person out of a room.


Hustle \Hus"tle\, v. i. To push or crows; to force one's way; to move hustily and with confusion; a hurry.

Leaving the king, who had hustled along the floor with his dress worfully arrayed.
--Sir W. Scott.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"pushing activity; activity in the interest of success," 1891, American English, from hustle (v.); earlier it meant "a shaking together" (1715). Sense of "illegal business activity" is by 1963, American English. As a name of a popular dance, by 1975.


1680s, "to shake to and fro" (especially of money in a cap, as part of a game called hustle-cap), metathesized from Dutch hutselen, husseln "to shake, to toss," frequentative of hutsen, variant of hotsen "to shake." "The stems hot-, hut- appear in a number of formations in both High and Low German dialects, all implying a shaking movement" [OED]. Related: Hustled; hustling. Meaning "push roughly, shove" first recorded 175

  1. That of "hurry, move quickly" is from 181

  2. \n\nThe key-note and countersign of life in these cities [of the U.S. West] is the word "hustle." We have caught it in the East. but we use it humorously, just as we once used the Southern word "skedaddle," but out West the word hustle is not only a serious term, it is the most serious in the language.

    [Julian Ralph, "Our Great West," N.Y., 1893]

    \nSense of "to get in a quick, illegal manner" is 1840 in American English; that of "to sell goods aggressively" is 1887.

n. 1 A state of busy activity. 2 A type of disco dance. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To rush or hurry. 2 (context transitive English) To con or deceive; especially financially. 3 (context transitive English) To bundle, to stow something quickly. 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 (context informal English) To put a lot of effort into one's work. 9 To push someone roughly, to crowd, to jostle.(R:COED2: page=799)

  1. n. a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property [syn: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, gyp, sting, flimflam]

  2. a rapid bustling commotion [syn: bustle, flurry, ado, fuss, stir]

  1. v. cause to move furtively and hurriedly; "The secret service agents hustled the speaker out of the amphitheater"

  2. move or cause to move energetically or busily; "The cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance" [syn: bustle, bustle about]

  3. sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity [syn: pluck, roll]

Hustle (TV series)

Hustle is a British television drama series made by Kudos Film and Television and broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. Created by Tony Jordan and first broadcast in 2004, the series follows a group of con artists who specialise in "long cons"—extended deceptions which require greater commitment, but which return a higher reward than simple confidence tricks. The eighth and last series ended on 17 February 2012.


Hustle commonly refers to:

  • Working hard from the bottom to the top spot (legal or illegal)
  • The tradecraft of a hustler who deceives others by hustling, usually in sports
  • A confidence trick perpetrated by a grifter or other scam artist
  • Slang (chiefly American), meaning to seek money by criminal or shady enterprise, especially pimping and prostitution, and/or drug dealing

Hustle or The Hustle may also refer to:

Hustle (dance)

The Hustle is a catchall name for some disco dances which were extremely popular in the 1970s. Today it mostly refers to the unique partner dance done in ballrooms and nightclubs to disco music. It has some features in common with swing dance. Its basic steps are somewhat similar to the Discofox, which emerged at about the same time and is more familiar in various European countries. In the 1970s there was also a line dance called the Hustle. Modern partner hustle is sometimes referred to as New York Hustle. People still do this dance today.

Hustle (2004 film)

Hustle is a TV movie about baseball player Pete Rose created by ESPN Films that first broadcast on September 25, 2004. The movie follows Rose as he gambled on Major League Baseball while managing the Cincinnati Reds, then was caught and banned from baseball for life. The title, Hustle, is a reference to both Rose's gambling problem and his nickname, "Charlie Hustle."

The movie stars Tom Sizemore as Pete Rose and was directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

Hustle (professional wrestling)

was a Japanese professional wrestling promotion managed by Nobuhiko Takada. Hustle can be described as an industry experiment to market the sports entertainment style of professional wrestling in Japan.

Hustle (film)

Hustle in film, may refer to:

  • Hustle (1975 film), a neo-noir film starring Burt Reynolds as a private investigator
  • Hustle (2004 film), an ESPN television film about Pete Rose
  • Hustle (2015 film), an upcoming Hong Kong film
Hustle (1975 film)

Hustle is a 1975 American neo-noir crime film directed by Robert Aldrich, and stars Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson, Paul Winfield, Eileen Brennan, Eddie Albert and Ernest Borgnine.

Usage examples of "hustle".

With that the lobster brushed by them and hustled off the way they had come, feelers atwitch with anticipation.

Jason gave Kira the credit before Gram hustled their attendees back toward the house, all of them highly entertained, ready for the dessert buffet, a visit to the aviary, and dancing.

They were all standing outside the bathroom again, and Bagman and Fudge started hustling the Ministers away.

The bedel was there, as was Sally, but the two young children had been hustled from the room.

They hustled the biped down a side corridor, away from the glances of curious pass-ersby.

She hustled him out of his pile of blankets and set him to sweeping floors, helping in the laundries, and cleaning the various ingenious instruments of lighting that had accumulated in this place over the yearsbrass candlesticks and chamber-sticks, candle-snuffers, wax-jacks, bougie boxes, wick-trimmers, douters, candle-boxes, and lamps.

These the crew chief hustled off the bird and down the ramp as quickly as decorum and international chumship allowed.

In the dark of night, the coughers were led from their hideout two at a time, and hustled to the makeshift sauna to spend an hour baking.

Chente was relieved of his hardware and he and Martha were hustled into an olive-drab car that performed much more efficiently than the buffer Mayor Flaggon drove.

He took Flyte by the arm and hustled him through a door behind the makeshift platform on which the microphones stood.

I was hustling days, playing different gigs nights, Maureen and I were still together, life was fine.

Several large caravans of merchants, bringing their wares from Baghdad and Cairo, were passing into the city at the time they arrived, and he and Hakeem fell in beside the hustle of camels flowing into the city.

Heather soaked in the bath while Hatti hustled George and Luke up the stairs and into the room next door with the trunks and began unpacking them, putting the clothes away in the master bedroom.

They hustled him into a waiting car and headed to the airstrip at Nellis Air Force Base, where a small black helicopter waited to whisk him back to the northwest.

Never gave the enraptured air - There was a rustling, seemed like a bustling Of merry crowds justling at pitching and hustling, Small feet were pattering, wooden shoes clattering, Little hands clapping and little tongues chattering, And, like fowls in a farm-yard when the barley is scattering, Out came the children running.