AskDefine | Define hustle

Dictionary Definition



1 a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property [syn: bunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, confidence trick, confidence game, con game, gyp, sting, flimflam]
2 a rapid bustling commotion [syn: bustle, flurry, ado, fuss, stir]


1 cause to move furtively and hurriedly; "The secret service agents hustled the speaker out of the amphitheater"
2 move or cause to move energetically or busily; "The cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance" [syn: bustle, bustle about]
3 sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity [syn: pluck, roll]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To rush or hurry.
    I'll have to hustle to get there on time.
  2. To con or deceive.
    The guy tried to hustle me into buying into a bogus real estate deal.


To rush or hurry
To con or deceive


  1. A rush or hurry.
  2. A type of dance.


A rush or hurry
A type of dance

Extensive Definition

Hustle may mean:


  • Hustle, to use a gambling technique in which a player hides his/her true skill while betting on billiards games in order to trick the opponent into significantly raising the stakes, and only then playing at full capability (or in a broader usage, engaging in a similar strategy when betting on other activities)
  • Street hustle: To act as a male prostitute and/or pimp, or (in a broader usage) a grifter, or (in an even broader usage common in hip hop culture) someone who gets by in life any way that they can
See also Lumpenproletariat.



  • In basketball, to hustle means to run down the court quickly to get a pass or a free ball (from the original meaning of the word, "to go quickly").
See also the sports and gaming gambling technique above under "Slang".
hustle in German: Hustle
hustle in Japanese: ハッスル

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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