Definition of hustle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hustle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌsl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hustle
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌsl//
     
    he / she / it hustles
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌslz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌslz//
     
    past simple hustled
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌsld//
     
    past participle hustled
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌsld//
     
    -ing form hustling
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌslɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌslɪŋ//
     
    Committing crime
     
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  1. 1[transitive] hustle somebody + adv./prep. to make somebody move quickly by pushing them in a rough aggressive way He grabbed her arm and hustled her out of the room. I was hustled into a waiting car. She was hustled away by some police officers.
  2. 2[transitive] hustle somebody (into something) to force somebody to make a decision before they are ready or sure All the family felt that Stephen had been hustled into the engagement by Claire.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] hustle (something) (informal, especially North American English) to sell or obtain something, often illegally to hustle dope They survive by hustling on the streets. See related entries: Committing crime
  4. 4[intransitive] (North American English, informal) to act in an aggressive way or with a lot of energy
  5. 5[intransitive] (North American English) to work as a prostitute
  6. Word Origin late 17th cent. (originally in the sense ‘shake, toss’): from Middle Dutch hutselen. Sense (5) dates from the early 20th cent.
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