Meaning of “hustle” in the English Dictionary

"hustle" in English

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uk /ˈhʌs.əl/ us /ˈhʌs.əl/

hustlenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈhʌs.əl/ us /ˈhʌs.əl/

(Definition of “hustle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hustle" in American English

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us /ˈhʌs·əl/

hustle verb (ACT QUICKLY)

[ I ] to act quickly and with energy:

If we really hustle, we can finish the job by lunchtime.

hustle verb (PUSH)

[ T always + adv/prep ] to push or force someone along:

The demonstrators were hustled out of the hall.

hustle verb (SELL)

[ T ] infml to forcefully encourage someone to buy something, or to cheat someone:

On weekends they hustle tourists on the waterfront.


us /ˈhʌs·əl/

hustle noun (SELL)

[ C ] infml a dishonest way of making money:

Advertising turns every achievement into a hustle.

hustle noun (ACT QUICKLY)

[ U ] energetic action:

The team showed a lot of determination and hustle.
They love the hustle and bustle of the city (= its energy and excitement).

(Definition of “hustle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)