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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HUSTLE

You hustle this big bully into the ship, and keep him covered.

But the officers refused to let him go back, and began to hustle him forward.

Anna, you hustle up some engraved notices to get around to all our friends.

"We must hustle, if we want to get to Uncle Ike's before dark," Tom declared.

By the time I found it the train was ready to start and I had to hustle.

We've had to hustle, but I reckon we've given them a hectic time of it.

Now, pass your orders for the next play, then hustle into line and snap-back.

I want you to hustle back to the hotel and tell Frank that I'm here.

"I've got to get a hustle on me, if I mean to do anything," he told himself.

All right, boys, grab them and hustle them over to the jail house!

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, "to shake to and fro" (especially of money in a cap, as part of a game called hustle-cap), metathesized from Dutch hutselen, husseln "to shake, to toss," frequentative of hutsen, variant of hotsen "to shake." "The stems hot-, hut- appear in a number of formations in both High and Low German dialects, all implying a shaking movement" [OED]. Related: Hustled; hustling. Meaning "push roughly, shove" first recorded 1751. That of "hurry, move quickly" is from 1812.

Sense of "to get in a quick, illegal manner" is 1840 in American English; that of "to sell goods aggressively" is 1887.

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