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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!
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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.
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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 and bustle

energy and excitement Some folks delight in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping.
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hustle and bustle

busy and noisy activity (usually + of ) He wanted a little cottage far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
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ear hustle

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

n. eavesdropping. Your ear hustling will get you in trouble, especially when people are talking about you.
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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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The individual stories in 101 Rent Boys are tragic, sad, graphic, outrageous, entertaining, and even funny--and still recount only a tiny fraction of the stories behind the hustling marketplace found on and around Los Angeles's Santa Monica Boulevard.
When the local mission for the homeless burns down near Christmas, Louie sees a higher calling for hustling again.
For example, Johnny has allowed his thuggish backer Joe (Palminteri) to live off his hustling skills for years, unaware that Joe has sabotaged the young player's chances to break into the well-paying arena of legitimate billiards competition.
In Sunday's 7-0 victory over Visalia, hustling down the first-base line allowed Cota to reach on an error with two outs that set up a three-run inning in the top of the seventh.
Vazquez credits former Sharks coach Jose Ruiz with teaching him to focus and never stop hustling.
Although the Spartans took the match in three games, the Pathfinders tested Sylmar with its patent hustling defense that accounted for 40 digs.
I thought we just quit hustling entirely,'' Jackson said.
Hustling jackpots has been around as long as party boats, according to veteran anglers.
His big days in hustling were in the Second World War in Norfolk," Burkman said.