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bustle about

1. To work on a task vigorously. Because her relatives are coming to visit, Annabelle is bustling about, cleaning the whole house and setting up all the guest rooms.
2. To quickly move around some space or area while trying to complete a task. In this usage, the location is stated after "about." Because her relatives are coming to visit, Annabelle is bustling about the living room, putting all of the kids' toys away.
See also: bustle

bustle around

To move quickly while trying to complete a task. Because her relatives are coming to visit, Annabelle is bustling around, cleaning the whole house and setting up all the guest rooms.
See also: around, bustle

bustle off

1. To leave a place hastily. A: "I didn't see Alice this morning. B: "Oh, she bustled off because she was running late."
2. To send someone somewhere. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bustle" and "off." Before I left for the airport, I bustled my daughter off to school.
See also: bustle, off

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 and 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bustle about doing something

to go about doing something busily and energetically. Greg bustled about all day, doing the chores. Lily bustled about, getting dinner ready.
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bustle about some place

to move about some place very busily, or as if busy. They were all bustling about the kitchen, getting the feast ready. Veronica was bustling about outside, cleaning up the yard.
See also: bustle, place

bustle around

to move about very busily. The people were bustling around, trying to get things ready for the picnic. I wish you would stop bustling around.
See also: around, bustle

bustle off

to leave in haste. Well, I have to bustle off or I'll miss my flight. I hate to bustle off so soon.
See also: bustle, off

bustle someone off

to help someone leave; to send someone out or away. The cops bustled the crook off. They bustled off the three men who were fighting.
See also: bustle, off

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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The bustles worn by Darryl Hill are the "tried and true" type of fancy dance bustle.
The final addition was the bustle that made fashionable young fillies look like pantomime horses and gave a new meaning to the question: "Does my bum look big in this?"
"The original bustles from the Omaha Grass Dance Societies were definitely not eagle bustles in the sense of bustles today.
The second, fourth and fifth bustles are round conical bustles similar to the more traditional style, popular at the turn of the 19th century after feather belts and before larger, flatter swing bustles.
The idea struck me like a bolt of lightning--make a tiny tot bustle using parfleche feathers.
It is the recollection of this writer that there are two dancers (Albert White Hat Jr and Steve Red Eagle) who have been wearing these types of round bustles before they were popular.
His round bustle is slightly different than the one that has defined this style of dance for the last 50 years.
Round bustle is more geographically compact as it has not spread as rapidly to the rest of the powwow community as Chicken dance has become a very popular dance style at contest powwows throughout the United States and Canada.
The most common type of feathers selected by American Indians for their bustles are eagle feathers from either the bald or golden eagle.
One of the beautiful parts of the Men's Northern Traditional dance outfit is the bustle. Large and beautifully decorated, this style of bustle has literally "grown" in size and decoration.
Fancy arm bustles can be made in a number of ways and with different design variations.
His arm bustles are a great example of creativity with a beaded rosette and cut fabric that is arranged into a geometric shape surrounded by dyed hackles.
This dancer is wearing, for this time period, a very typical feather crest on his head and very distinctive arm bustles that are paired with bustles worn at each wrist.
Two back bustles are worn that could be made out of eagle feathers or hackle feathers.