Word of the Day: hustle

Word of the Day
May 31, 2016
hustle (verb, noun)
/ˈhʌsəl/  sound icon
Cities can be great places if you like hustle and bustle.
As a verb, hustle means 'to move or cause to move in a hurry' and also 'to work very quickly.' It also means 'to use aggressive methods to persuade people to do something' and, in a more general sense, 'to be aggressively energetic to obtain something.' In US English, it means 'to promote or sell something aggressively.' As a slang term, hustle means 'to earn money by illegal means.' As a noun, hustle is any energetic activity or discourteous shoving. Informally, it's a scheme to trick somebody out of money.


Example sentences
The security staff hustled the troublemaker out of the nightclub.
If we hustle, we should be able to finish the project by the end of the week.
The sales rep tried to hustle us into signing the agreement immediately, but we told her we needed to think about it.
The boss has been trying to hustle up new business for weeks.
The salesman was hustling to sell 30 cars in one week.
Gary has never had an honest job; he's been hustling his whole life.
They lost each other in the hustle of the train station.
Imogen invested her life savings in the scheme, but it turned out to be a hustle and she lost everything.


Words often used with hustle
hustle and bustle: busyness, energetic activity. Example: "Ben grew up in the countryside, but now that he's an adult, he prefers the hustle and bustle of the big city."
Did you know?
One of the earliest meanings of hustle is 'to push or knock somebody around' and, in particular, it is a method of robbing people by pushing and shoving them, while taking their valuables. This explains why hustle now has meanings relating both to lots of activity and to making money through illicit means.
Other forms
hustler (noun)
Hustle dates back to the late 17th century and comes from the Dutch word husselen, a variant of hutselen, meaning 'to shake,' equivalent to hutsen, meaning 'to shake.'
Hustle in other languages
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