Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hustle v.

also hussle
[SE hustle, to push around or against, to jostle; ult. Du. husselen, hutselen, to shake, to toss]

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.

In phrases

Hustle-town (n.)

[1990s+] (US black) Houston, TX.

hustle one’s bustle (v.) (US)

1. [1930s+] to work as a prostitute.

2. see also SE terms below.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

hustle-buggy (n.)

[1920s–30s] (US) a police car.

In phrases

hustle one’s bustle (v.)

1. [1950s+] (US) to hurry.

2. see also sl. terms above.

hustle pussy (v.)

to work as a pimp.