- 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[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[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[intransitive] (North American English, informal) to act in an aggressive way or with a lot of energy
- 5[intransitive] (North American English) to work as a prostitute Word Origin late 17th cent. (originally in the sense ‘shake, toss’): from Middle Dutch hutselen. Sense (5) dates from the early 20th cent.
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