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verb hustle pronunciation in British English /ˈhʌs(ə)l/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhustle
he/she/ithustles
present participlehustling
past tensehustled
past participlehustled

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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make someone go quickly where you want them to go, or to make them do what you want them to do

    As soon as he arrived in the country, he was hustled off to prison.

    She'd been hustled into selling the house too quickly.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly American to get money or goods in a dishonest way or by selling sex

    Jim hustles stolen computers.

    Both of them hustle in the tourist areas.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] American to move in a quick effective way

    We've got to hustle if we're going to get this done.

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