1. [19C] to have sexual intercourse.
2. [early 19C+] to practise swindling or petty theft.
3. [early 19C] (UK und.) a form of street robbery whereby a gang push a victim (usu. one who is drunk) among themselves, each picking a pocket until everything has been stolen.
4. [mid-19C+] (orig. US, also hassle) to use one’s initiative to obtain or secure; to live by one’s wits.
5. [late 19C+] (US) to work hard, to make an effort.
6. [late 19C+] (US) to sell goods, esp. in an aggressive manner, to promote; thus in phrs. hustle hash, to work as a waiter or waitress; hustle shoes, to work as a shoe-shine; hustle sheets, to sell newspapers.
7. [late 19C+] (US) to work as a prostitute.
8. [20C+] to urge someone to work harder.
9. [20C+] to obtain money or some other commodity through begging.
10. [1910s] (US prison) to steal.
11. [late 19C+] to deceive or to con.
12. [1940s+] (US) to make sexual advances.
13. [1960s+] to work as a male prostitute.
14. [1970s] to pimp.
15. [1970s+] (drugs) to attempt to obtain drug customers, to sell drugs.
[1990s+] (US black) Houston, TX.
1. [1930s+] to work as a prostitute.
2. see also SE terms below.
SE in slang uses
[1920s–30s] (US) a police car.
1. [1950s+] (US) to hurry.
2. see also sl. terms above.
to work as a pimp.