hustle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hustle pressure or urge someone into an action
    • v hustle move or cause to move energetically or busily "The cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance"
    • v hustle cause to move furtively and hurriedly "The secret service agents hustled the speaker out of the amphitheater"
    • v hustle get by trying hard "she hustled a free lunch from the waiter"
    • v hustle sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
    • n hustle a rapid active commotion
    • n hustle a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Hustle 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."
    • v. t Hustle To shake together in confusion; to push, jostle, or crowd rudely; to handle roughly; as, to hustle a person out of a room.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hustle To shake or throw together confusedly or in a disorderly manner; shove roughly, as by crowding; jostle: as, to hustle things out of the way; he was hustled off the course.
    • hustle To push or crowd; move about with difficulty, as in a crowd; shuffle or shamble hurriedly.
    • hustle To make haste; move or act energetically: as, come, hustle now.
    • hustle To shake up the halfpence in the game of pitch and hustle. See below.
    • hustle To inveigle into dishonest games.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Hustle hus′l to shake or push together: to crowd with violence
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Quotations

  • Chuck Noll
    Chuck Noll
    “Good things happen to those who hustle.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
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    “And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased, and the epitaph drear: A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”
  • Fran Lebowitz
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    “Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step -- it is an old business procedure.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
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    “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. hustelen, to shake, fr. husten, to shake. Cf. Hotchpotch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. hutsen, hutselen, to shake to and fro; cf. hotchpotch.

Usage

In literature:

They took the whipping-chains and rattled them in their trunks as they sidled up to Moti Guj, meaning to hustle him between them.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Get a hustle on you, now!
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The "hustling," probably, leads to little enough.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
But it's a stiff grade and you didn't seem to be hustling your engine much.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
The old robins resent her services, and hustle her out of the tree whenever they find her near the nest.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
He is never hustled by man or circumstance; seldom gives himself away; and seldom acknowledges an obligation.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
You've lost your breakfast, and unless you hustle you'll make us miss the steamer.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Here you, Mr. Secretary, hustle me a couple of men to hold her tail.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
We 'lowed it was best to hustle along here and git in front of the fighting, instead o' losing time trying to find where they quit the creek.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
What is the use of all this hustle and this constant striving?
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
He was thirty; he would have to hustle to get anywhere by the time he was forty.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
At Victoria he was hustled along the platform on the pretence that there is more room in the rear of trains.
"Punch or the London Charivari, October 20, 1920" by Various
Hustle home ahead of the storm.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Chris and I had to hustle to make connections and get here on time.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
Thus there would be an unusually large crowd in this handsome, hustling city of the Rockies.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
The next day he had to hustle for a living, and the next it was the same, and the next, and the next.
"Forest Neighbors" by William Davenport Hulbert
Once the inspector was out of sight, he stood a little to one side, to avoid being hustled.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
Hustle inside there, men!
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
George was hustling in the endeavor to get his tent up, and succeeded in doing so before the rain became very heavy.
"Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast" by Louis Arundel
Green Haven was a smart, hustling little town, much larger than Oldtown.
"The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall" by Spencer Davenport
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In poetry:

Aye, ninety men or more my hand
Has hustled down to hell;
They've loaded me with medals and
They tell me I done well:
A hero for a spell.
"The Sniper" by Robert W Service
My garden was silly and stubborn;
I worked, but the weeds worked, too;
I dug and scraped and scrambled—
They hustled themselves and grew;
"My Garden" by John Chipman Farrar
And about them hustled and pushed and tussled,
A score of desperate men.
But you drew your breath, and you hissed "'Sdeath!"
And then you turned back again.
"The Song Of The Sandwich" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A beetling baldbright cloud thorough England
Riding: there did stores not mingle? and
Hailropes hustle and grind their
Heavengravel? wolfsnow, worlds of it, wind there?
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Wheat, Wheat, Wheat! If you're seekin' to defeat
Care an' worry in the hurry of the crowded city street,
Leave the hustle all behind you; come an' let contentment find you
In a cosy little cabin lyin' snug among the wheat.
"Wheat" by C J Dennis
Well said! the door is locked! but here she's left the key,
Under the step, in a place known only to her and me;
I wonder who's dyin' or dead, that she's hustled off pell-mell:
But here on the table's a note, and probably this will tell.
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Hustle, sweat and a dirty uniform are his trademarks.
We lose sight of the real meaning of the holidays and become immersed in the hustle and bustle.
A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky: Review.
Hurdler hustles to heal, get back on winning track.
'Santa Hustle ' marathon comes to town.
Join the jolly stampede of runners and reindeer this Sunday, Dec 16, at Cedar Point's first-ever Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K.
Saginaw area sees minor crashes during hustle , bustle of Black Friday shopping.
Pitbull's Global Hustle Can't Be Stopped.
Hustle 5K Co-Chairs, Principal Joy Schroerlucke, Kyle Pease and student Jason Dorn, enjoy the assembly.
Brock, Shumlin hustle for votes on eve of election.
Wilcox's hustle sparks Celtics in OT win over Wizards.
Crane's Corner: Cap And Hustle .
No 24 Bearcats hope to hustle to Big East title.
Tiny Family Hustle -Niq Niq Challenges Tiny.
Tigresses to play with hustle , desire.
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