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Definition of "hustle" []

  • To move or act energetically and rapidly: We hustled to get dinner ready on time. (verb-intransitive)
  • To push or force one's way. (verb-intransitive)
  • To act aggressively, especially in business dealings. (verb-intransitive)
  • Slang To obtain something by deceitful or illicit means; practice theft or swindling. (verb-intransitive)
  • Slang To solicit customers. Used of a pimp or prostitute. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hustle" in a sentence
  • "Only singer Justin Timberlake comes through with a nuanced performance as the sleazy former Napster co-creator whose hustle is just what Facebook needs."
  • "In Game 1 Gardner was credited for his "hustle" -- as if sliding headfirst requires more effort than running hard through the bag."
  • "But the scope of McCaffrey’s hustle is really breathtaking."