1. street robbery; bag-snatching.
|London Guide 32: This brings me to speak of that next species of robbery by those who are appropriately called Scamps, called hustling.|
|Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 102: Hustling — forcible robbery, by two or more thieves seizing their victim round the body, or at the collar.|
2. selling objects, ideas, one’s services etc, esp. in an aggressive manner; also attrib.
|Hull Dly Mail 5 Sept. 5/5: Hustling is not an end in itself, but simply a means to an end. It is no new American idea; the ancient Egyptians practised it [and] as competition has become keener, just so much has the hustler become more necessary.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 166: Keep hustling, hustling, hustling.letter 3 June in|
|Howard Street 52: I c’n make more’n that in a good day’s hustling, man.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 90: They were just beginning a morning of hustling.|
|‘High Rollers’ [lyrics] They say I’m glamorizin’ the hustlin’ hood.|
|Homeboy 58: The corner of Market and Powell is a tourist hub — and a prime hustling locale.|
3. living by one’s wits; also as adj.
|Checkers 40: When they got me ‘on the tram,’ I had to go to hustlin’.|
|Stanford Interior Jrnl (KY) 18 Apr. 5/4: Beazley bought two very handsome buggies [...] from R.M. Arnold, the hustling buggy manufacturer of Danville.|
|Negro and His Songs (1964) 232: I’m gamblin’ for my Sady – she’s a lady; / I’m a hustlin’ coon, that’s what I am.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 165: He had put on his ‘hustling jacket’ and gone out to get her some [cocaine].‘Prison Mass’ in|
|City of Spades (1964) 58: ‘If you [...] don’t like the work in the Jumble post office or railways, for six pounds less taxes and insurance, then, man, you must hustle.’ ‘And what is your particular hustling?’.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 91: My old hustlin’ partner, John, he really knew the score, / he told me if I kept chippin’ I would soon be woe.|
|Trapper’s Last Shot (1974) 80: Hustling is a matter of psychology, Jimbo.|
4. working as a prostitute; also adj.
|Keys to Crookdom 408: Hustling – streetwalking.|
|Manhattan Transfer 114: ‘’Ow’s ’ustlin?’ ‘Worse’n hell [...] No more of dese sailor boys and shorefront stiffs . . . . I’m gettin respectable.’.|
|Really the Blues 21: He could locate gold like a good hustling chick.|
|Cast the First Stone 34: We always talked about hustling. We used to play Hustlers’ Game. A girl made believe she was working the streets.|
|Run Man Run (1969) 69: Brock got the idea that she did a little hustling on the side.|
|Black Jargon in White America 69: hustling v. […] 3. prostituting.|
|Rushes (1981) 15: Although this is not a hustling area, he is obviously bartering for sexmoney with an older man.|
|Muscle for the Wing 15: Sorefooted hustling gals sat on the stuffed chairs and bamboo thrones.|
|Peepshow [ebook] Hustling’s something prosttiutes do.|
5. (US black) making a nervous sign at someone.
|Deep Down In The Jungle 266: Hustling – making nervous sign at. Very different from common slang sense of term.|
(US black) aggressively self-aggrandizing, hard-working, self-promoting etc.
|Chronic [album] ‘Lil’ Ghetto Boy’ [lyrics] You’s a hustling ass youngsta, clocking your grip.|
|‘Making Tracks’, Weekly Wire May [Internet] I’m a hustling ass thug from the projects, making loot, screaming thugged out with the union when I shout.|
(US Und.) a female prostitute.
|Sister of the Road (1975) 184: I tell you, a hustling girl is up against it unless she’s got a pimp to protect her.|
|‘The Castration of the Strawberry Roan’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 92: I was layin’ round town in a house of ill fame, / Laid up with a rough, tough hustlin’ dame, / When a hop-headed pimp with his nose full of coke / Beat me outta that woman and left me stone broke.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 163: The only thing a hustling girl has [...] is her purse.|
|Entrapment (2009) 129: The first hustling broad I meet [...] I’ll tell her she’s suppose to come downtown.‘Watch Out for Daddy’ in|
|AS XXVIII:2 117: hustling broad, n. A prostitute.‘Carnie Talk’ in|
|No Beast So Fierce 34: Pot is a cinch and I know a couple hustlin’ broads we can call.|
|Little Boy Blue (1995) 213: Let’s go fuck around Main Street [...] Check out the fruiters and the hustling broads.|
|Briefcase 161: Yet, there was a slight tinge of sadness in his recollection of the hustling broad, Sweet Mary.|