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hustle (one's) bustle

To increase one's pace or sense of urgency; to hurry up; to get moving quickly. We'd better hustle our bustle if we want to get to the movie theater on time!
See also: bustle, hustle

hustle and bustle

Busy, frenetic activity or excitement. I love living among the hustle and bustle of the city. I avoid the hustle and bustle of malls and shopping centers whenever I can.
See also: and, bustle, hustle

hustle and bustle

Fig. confusion and business. I can't stand the hustle and bustle of big cities. There is a lot of hustle and bustle in this office at the end of the fiscal year.
See also: and, bustle, hustle

hustle up

to hurry up. Hustle up, you guys. We have to get moving. Hustle up. We are almost late.
See also: hustle, up

hustle your butt

move or act quickly. North American informal
Other variants of this phrase include hustle your buns and, in vulgar slang, hustle your ass .
See also: butt, hustle

ˌhustle and ˈbustle

busy and excited activity: I can’t concentrate on my work with all this hustle and bustle going on around me.I’ve always loved the hustle and bustle of big cities.
See also: and, bustle, hustle

ear hustle

in. to eavesdrop. I was ear hustling while you were talking, and felt I had to correct something you said about me.
See also: ear, hustle

ear hustling

n. eavesdropping. Your ear hustling will get you in trouble, especially when people are talking about you.
See also: ear, hustle


1. in. to move rapidly; to hurry. It’s late. I’ve got to hustle.
2. n. hurried movement; confusion. I can’t work when there is all this hustle around me.
3. n. a scheme to make money; a special technique for making money. (Underworld. This includes drug dealing, prostitution, and other vice activities.) Each of these punks has a hustle—a specialty in crime. We all know what Shorty’s hustle is.
4. in. to use one’s special technique for making money. He’s out there on the streets hustling all the time.
5. tv. to use a scheme on a person to try to make money; to con someone. Don’t try to hustle me, sister. I know which end is up.
6. tv. to attempt to seduce someone. I think that Britney’s hustling Max.
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A statement said: "It is completely untrue to say that any 'mark' was an actor who was fully briefed in advance and paid to act as though they had been hustled.
Banks, lenders and investors hustled us to get a few points more in returns on their investments.
With the Angels holding a seven-run, seventh-inning lead, the left fielder hustled to make a terrific sliding catch near the line.
I have a lot of friends who hustled on the streets for fun.
By 1984, the 200-lawyer Milbank was an almost laughable anachronism, left behind in the great law office revolution of the late seventies and early eighties, when both old and new firms ballooned in size, dumped lockstep compensation for "merit" systems that rewarded achievers, raided each other for star players, and hustled ceaselessly for clients.
With the customizable features, players looking to upgrade their cue or customize their felt can visit the Pro Shop, where they can use the in-game cash (won in tournaments or hustled from other players) to purchase new cue sticks, pool tables and in-game backgrounds.
Yes, but then the movie also gleefully glorifies criminal activity while exalting Moritz's ``Rebel Without a Cause'' world view, which posits that hustlers must hustle or be hustled.
We fell apart a little bit against their fullcourt press, but we played as a team and we hustled,'' Arredondo said.
He hustled down the first-base line to beat out a potential double-play grounder, allowing Bruce Aven to score and give the Dodgers a 9-6 lead.
Ariza also hustled, covering the open spots behind middle-blockers Krystal Mejia or Kassy Jimenez.