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hustle

hus·tle

hustle

 
pronunciation:
huh sl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
features:
Word History
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: hustled, hustles, hustling
definition 1: to work or go swiftly or vigorously.
They hustled to finish the task on time.
synonyms:
hasten, hurry, rush, speed
similar words:
bustle, hump, make haste, run, scramble, scurry
definition 2: to push, shove, or jostle.
They hustled their way to the front of the line.
synonyms:
jostle, push, shove
similar words:
elbow, nudge, press
definition 3: (informal) to aggressively pursue profits.
We have to hustle if we're going to outsell our competitors.
similar words:
jostle, scramble
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to force or help (someone) to move rapidly from, into, through, or toward a place.
The owner of the bar hustled the troublemaker out the door.Secret service officers hustled the diplomat through the crowd.
synonyms:
push
similar words:
bundle, hasten, rush, shove, urge
definition 2: to push or prod roughly, esp. so as to hurry (someone).
The police hustled the suspect into the patrol car.
synonyms:
hurry, prod, push
similar words:
goad, rush, shove
definition 3: (informal) to induce (someone) by high-pressure methods to do or buy something.
How did they hustle you into investing your money in such a scheme?
synonyms:
high-pressure, push
similar words:
pressure
definition 4: (informal) to try to sell (something) by high-pressure methods.
They found him hustling watches on a street corner downtown.
synonyms:
push
similar words:
hawk, sell
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: rapid, busy, or vigorous activity.
They enjoy the hustle of the marketplace.We were happy to leave the hustle of the city behind.
synonyms:
activity, bustle
similar words:
flutter, hubbub, hurry-scurry, scurry, stir
definition 2: an aggressively competitive endeavor.
Getting this account was quite a hustle.
similar words:
business, endeavor, enterprise
definition 3: a disco style dance originally popular in the U.S. in the 1970s.
The bride and groom joined in with the others to do the hustle.
Word History
Hustle comes from a Dutch word that means "to shake back and forth."