1. (US Und.) one of a pickpocket gang.
|Anatomy of Crime 193: Hustler: A pickpocket’s jostler.|
2. (US) a racetrack tout.
|in Outing (N.Y.) July 263: From the many times millionaire in the members’ stand to the coatless, penniless ‘hustler’ in the infield [etc.] [HDAS].|
|Old Man Curry 13: The bald-faced Kid was a hustler, a free lance of the turf, playing a lone hand against owner and bookmaker [...] operating upon the wheedled capital of the credulous. He was sometimes called a tout.‘Levelling with Elisha’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 140: Bob the Bookie, who is a hustler around the race-tracks, gets to talking to me.‘The Lily of St. Pierre’ in|
3. (US) a hard-working, ambitious person, also an energizer, one who exhorts his fellows to harder work, greater commitment.
|Publishers’ Weekly 18 Dec. 965/1: Young man, a ‘hustler’ in every respect, wants a strictly first-class position with a ‘live’ book house [DA].|
|Courier (Lincoln NE) 21 Sept. 10/1: The hustler [...] has a proclivity for concocting schemes whereby he will make millions.|
|Forty Modern Fables 250: ‘Gee, but this is Tame!’ said the Retired Hustler.|
|Derby Dly Teleg. 31 Aug. 4/5: The hustler is an American creation [...] a person totally incapable of leisure [...] the incarnation of haste and hurry [...] proud of the fact that he is overdriven, and overdrives himself.|
|Types from City Streets 281: As city editor he tried the difficult task of being a ‘hustler’ and at the same time an expresser of what is, from a newspaper point of view, inexpressible.|
|Look Homeward, Angel (1930) 125: ‘That boy’s a hustler. He’ll make his mark,’ said all the men in town.|
|Young Wolves 5: Roy watched her thin fingers fly back and forth. Some hustler, he thought. Got to hand it to Ma.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 804: hustler – A grafter.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 47: He was [...] one hell of a broken-field runner. The best hustler in the league.|
|Maclean’s (Toronto) 9 Jan. 62: Of all the clichés about west coast living [...] the most offensive is that life out here is ‘laid-back’, as if even the most aspiring members of the artistic community are sitting around waiting for someone to peel them a grape while the real hustlers are back east getting things done.|
4. anyone who makes a living through their wits and ingenuity, rather than accepting the restraints of a conventional job; their occupations are often, but not invariably, criminal or virtually so.
|Lantern (N.O.) 6 Oct. 3: Mike was a hustler from the start, and where a dollar was to be earned he made it.|
|Doc’ Horne 238: In the United States of America a hustler is one who is busy, persistent, resourceful and combative, usually that he may accumulate money .|
|Road 183: In any camp of men there will always be found a certain percentage of shirks, of helpless, of just ordinary, and of hustlers.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 27 Jan. 4/7: He’s a soprano-voiced little hustler with about as much sentiment in him as is contained in the vitals of a steam roller.|
|Marvel 1 Mar. 6: He’s business all through, and a red-hot hustler.|
|AS IV:5 341: Hustler—One who lives by his wits and illegitimately.‘Vocab. of Bums’ in|
|Spanish Blood (1946) 48: One of those hustlers Quillan registered in Eight-eleven is out there truckin’ for them.‘The King in Yellow’ in|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 36: Every cat looks to get hooked some time or other, even a hustler as slick as me.‘Let Me at the Enemy’ in|
|Crazy Kill 55: It was strictly a hangout for the upper-class Harlem hustlers, those in the gambling and prostitution professions.|
|One Night Stands (2008) 22: Somebody with a little more on the ball might have made him for a hustler in the Organization — not a muscle boy, but somebody with an angle.‘Badger Game’ in|
|Inner City Hoodlum 67: The hustlers, pimps and whores had all started to congregate.|
|House of Slammers 90: All the hustlers sneered as they heard his name smeared / And trampled and dragged through the mud.|
|Yardie 27: The [...] newly arrived Jamaican youths in the area had adversely affected the local hustlers.|
|Shame the Devil 199: Wilson looked at the skinny, greasy-lookin’ hustler with the yellow eyes.|
|Running the Books 226: Pimps and hustlers were a natural [...] group from which to draw [for a creative writing class].|
|The Force [ebook] [H]ot, smelly, noisy, dangerous, fun, interesting, stimulating, infuriating Harlem with the real people and [...] the hustlers, the slingers, the whores.|
5. (W.I.) a confidence man, a well-dressed beggar.
|Source Aug. 94: Real hustlers don’t talk about shit they did. Game is to be sold, not told.|
6. (US Und.) a pimp.
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 47: Hustler, [...] a grafter; a pimp who steals betimes. The genteel thief is designated a ‘hustler’.|
|‘Hectic Harlem’ in N.Y. Amsterdam News 8 Feb, sect. 2: HUSTLER. – A pimp, procurer and person who generally lives without working.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|USA Confidential 93: Hustlers, gambling house steerers and junk pushers find prospects in them.|
|Absolute Beginners 77: You’re not that kind of hustler.|
|Street Players 79: If Fay hadn’t disrespected him so in front of all the other pimps and hustlers.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] hustler Definition: 1. a pimp [...] Example: The king of all hustlers is Youngblood Priest.|
7. (US) a prostitute of either sex.
|Keys to Crookdom 408: Hustler. Prostitute.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 159: I hear the hustlers are yum-yum in France, too.Young Manhood in|
|Man with the Golden Arm 150: All you can knock around is that beat-out hustler John brushed off.|
|On the Road (The Orig. Scroll) (2007) 113: Allen was queer in those days [...] and Neal saw that, and a former boyhood hustler himself in the Denver night. [Ibid.] 231: It is also the hustler’s bar, the boys who make a living among the sad old homos of the Eighth Avenue night.|
|In For Life 86: The son of a nameless father, his mother a hustler in a whorehouse.|
|Homosexuality & Citizenship in Florida 14: Such young people as this, known as hustlers, will frequently become ‘fairies,’ intersted only in sex with any man, or ‘dirt,’ willing to be passive in a homosexual act but given to robbing the homosexual of all money and clothing at its conclusion.|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 165: What she appears to be, a hustler makin’ a pipeline.|
|Numbers (1968) 27: Johnny spots a male hustler here, an interested man there, a potential queen.|
|Street Players 33: How can you tell a real good hustler from one that’s just fair?|
|Faggots 46: The ass handkerchiefs and keys [...] green for hustler.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 101: That dumb bitch used to be the best hustler in New York City.|
|(con. 1940s) Hold Tight (1990) 92: Sash was a ridiculously proper hustler – despite the heat, he wore a necktie tonight.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 433: Well, your sweetie pie here was a known associate of a known fruit hustler named Bobby Inge.|
|Homicide (1993) 260: The Meat rack [...] where hustlers sold themselves outside the gay pickup bars.|
|My Lives 119: I liked the notion behind the English term rent boy rather then our hustler, since the American word suggested something dishonest and on the make.|
8. a gambler or player of pool, bowling etc, who uses skill and poss. cheating to make a living against lesser opponents.
|Iron Man 257: One of the town bullies was playing pool with a hustler and losing.|
|Sucker’s Progress 17: Stool-pigeon [...] came into general use among American gamblers to designate a capper or a hustler for a Faro bank.|
|Asphalt Jungle in Four Novels (1984) 156: A couple of hustlers from the poolroom [...] were eating at the counter.|
|Long Wait (1954) 150: He had been there for about ten minutes, talked to a couple of hustlers, made a phone call, had a few more drinks and left.|
|Weed (1998) 133: That was the way most pool hustlers got cut down.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 165: Every Friday night the Wanderers bowled as house hustlers at Galasso’s Paradise Lanes.|
|‘The Open Book’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 112: A tinhorn card hustler and discard cunt rustler, / a throw back to some ancient age.|
|Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 1: I love taking a 9 to 5 nigga’s money, but taking a hustler’s money is like winning $10,000 dollars on one of those scratch tickets!|
9. (US campus) a man who succeeds in seducing women, a womanizer.
|AS L:1/2 61: hustler n Playboy, someone who has great success with females.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] hustler Definition: [...] 3. a sexually successful male. One who can score easily.|
10. a tout.
|All Night Stand 69: At that moment [...] the poncy Greek-looking doorman hustler stepped out.|
(US black) a phr. meaning one who is on the receiving end of a hand-out does not cause trouble because that might terminate the flow of free gifts.
|Third Ear n.p.: hustlers don’t call showdowns an expression almost equivalent to ‘beggars can’t be choosers’.|