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bustle

verb [I + adv/prep] uk   /ˈbʌs.l̩/ us  
to do things in a hurried and busy way: Thora bustled about the flat, getting everything ready.Hurrying and doing things quicklyBusy and active

bustle

noun uk   /ˈbʌs.l̩/ us  

bustle noun (ACTIVITY)

[U] busy activity: I sat in a café, watching the (hustle and) bustle of the street outside.Busy and activeHurrying and doing things quickly

bustle noun (DRESS)

[C] a frame worn under a dress or skirt by women in the late 19th century to make the skirt stick outRenaissance: 1501 to 1899
(Definition of bustle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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