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hus•tler (hus′lər),USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
- an enterprising person determined to succeed;
- Slang Termsa person who employs fraudulent or unscrupulous methods to obtain money;
- Informal Termsan expert gambler or game player who seeks out challengers, esp. unsuspecting amateur ones, in order to win money from them:He earned his living as a pool hustler.
- Slang Termsa prostitute.
- a person who hustles.
- hustle + -er1 1815–25
hus•tle /ˈhʌsəl/USA pronunciation v., -tled, -tling, n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to (cause to) move, esp. to leave, roughly or hurriedly: [no object]She hustled off to work.[~ + object]He hustled the kids to school.
- to proceed or work rapidly or energetically:[no object]I hustled and finished the report.
- to be aggressively energetic:[no object]He really hustled and signed up a lot of clients.
- to promote aggressively:[~ + object]The author went on TV talk shows to hustle his newest book.
- to pressure (a person) to buy or do something unwise:[~ + object]The car salesman tried to hustle us into a bad deal.
- to obtain by often dishonest or illegal means:[~ + object]to hustle money from unsuspecting tourists.
- Slang Termsto earn one's living by illegal means: [no object]out hustling on the streets.[~ + object]out hustling drugs.
- [uncountable] energetic or hurried activity.
- discourteous shoving or jostling:[uncountable]the hustle and bustle of the big city.
- Slang Termsa scheme of persuading someone to buy something unprofitable or participate in a dishonest scheme:[countable]The con artists tried another hustle.
hus•tle (hus′əl),USA pronunciation v., -tled, -tling, n.
- to proceed or work rapidly or energetically:to hustle about putting a house in order.
- to push or force one's way;
jostle or shove.
- to be aggressive, esp. in business or other financial dealings.
- Slang Termsto earn one's living by illicit or unethical means.
- Slang Terms(of a prostitute) to solicit clients.
- to convey or cause to move, esp. to leave, roughly or hurriedly:They hustled him out of the bar.
- to pressure or coerce (a person) to buy or do something:to hustle the customers into buying more drinks.
- to urge, prod, or speed up:Hustle your work along.
- to obtain by aggressive or illicit means:He could always hustle a buck or two from some sucker.
- to beg;
- to sell in or work (an area), esp. by high-pressure tactics:The souvenir venders began hustling the town at dawn.
- to sell aggressively:to hustle souvenirs.
- to jostle, push, or shove roughly.
- Slang Termsto induce (someone) to gamble or to promote (a gambling game) when the odds of winning are overwhelmingly in one's own favor.
- Slang Termsto cheat;
swindle:They hustled him out of his savings.
- Slang Terms
- (of a prostitute) to solicit (someone).
- to attempt to persuade (someone) to have sexual relations.
- to promote or publicize in a lively, vigorous, or aggressive manner:an author hustling her new book on the TV talk shows.
- energetic activity, as in work.
- discourteous shoving, pushing, or jostling.
- Slang Terms
- an inducing by fraud, pressure, or deception, esp. of inexperienced or uninformed persons, to buy something, to participate in an illicit scheme, dishonest gambling game, etc.
- such a product, scheme, gambling game, etc.
- Informal Termsa competitive struggle:the hustle to earn a living.
- Dance, Music and Dancea fast, lively, popular ballroom dance evolving from Latin American, swing, rock, and disco dance styles, with a strong basic rhythm and simple step pattern augmented by strenuous turns, breaks, etc.
- Dutch husselen, variant of hutselen to shake, equivalent. to hutsen to shake + -el- -le
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