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English noun: hustle

1. hustle (act) a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property


Synonymsbunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, sting


Broader (hypernym)cheat, rig, swindle


Narrower (hyponym)sting operation

2. hustle (act) a rapid active commotion


Synonymsado, bustle, flurry, fuss, stir


Broader (hypernym)commotion, din, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult


English verb: hustle

1. hustle (motion) cause to move furtively and hurriedly


SamplesThe secret service agents hustled the speaker out of the amphitheater.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move

2. hustle (motion) move or cause to move energetically or busily


SamplesThe cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their performance.


Synonymsbustle, bustle about


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)move


Entailbelt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it

3. hustle (possession) sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity


Synonymspluck, roll


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)steal

4. hustle (possession) get by trying hard


SamplesShe hustled a free lunch from the waiter.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)have, receive

5. hustle (communication) pressure or urge someone into an action


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)persuade









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