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rustle

verb uk   /rʌsl̩/ us  

rustle verb (MAKE NOISE)

[I or T] If things such as paper or leaves rustle, or if you rustle them, they move about and make a soft, dry sound: The leaves rustled in the breeze. He rustled his papers (= noisily moved them about) to hide his embarrassment.

rustle verb (STEAL)

[T] mainly US to steal farm animals
Phrasal verbs

rustle

noun [S] uk   /rʌsl̩/ us  
the sound made by the movement of things such as leaves or paper
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