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Definition of hustle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hustle
    he / she / it hustles
    past simple hustled
    -ing form hustling
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  1. 1[transitive] hustle somebody + adv./prep. to make someone move quickly by pushing them in a rough and aggressive way He grabbed her arm and hustled her out of the room. I was hustled into a waiting car.
  2. 2[transitive] hustle somebody (into something) to force someone 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) to sell or obtain something, often illegally to hustle dope They survive by hustling on the streets.
  4. 4[intransitive] (informal) to act in an aggressive way or with a lot of energy
  5. 5[intransitive] to work as a prostitute
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hustle

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