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ear hustle

To listen in on a conversation that one is not a participant in; to eavesdrop. Let's postpone this discussion until a later time—some people in the office are known to ear hustle.
See also: ear, hustle

ear hustling

The act of listening in on a conversation that one is not a participant in; eavesdropping. Let's postpone this discussion until a later time—I worry that some people in the office are outside the door, ear hustling right now.
See also: ear, hustle

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 (one's) butt

To increase one's pace or sense of urgency; to hurry up or get moving quickly. We'd better hustle our butt if we want to get to the movie theater on time! Hustle your butts, kids! We're already running late!
See also: butt, 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

hustle up

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

side hustle

Another source of income in addition to one's primary or full-time job, sometimes one that serves as a creative outlet in contrast with one's regular employment. I work in an office, but food blogging is my side hustle. Almost all of the rookie reporters I know have some kind of side hustle to help them supplement their income.
See also: hustle, side
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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

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

hustle

(ˈhəslæ)
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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Costumed by Yasmine Simon--the men in business suits and the women in Courreges-style shifts, white pumps, and the ubiquitous French scarves--the dancers careen like harried white-collar workers hustling to work when not hustling each other.
Michael Links started hustling and prostituting himself on the Manhattan piers when he was fourteen to support his crack habit.
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But ambitious viewers can do their own research: Check out the accompanying Web site for complete interview transcripts with a few of the subjects--including number 77 (favors fat clients), 70 (obsessed with his own hair), 90 (has his own dungeon), and 54 (compares hustling to "public relations," no pun intended).