For weeks already, NATO diplomats are bustling about trying to flesh out the meaning of the 2014 date.
There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity.
The streets were bustling with Satmar night owls, who stroll Lee Avenue until the early morning hours.
But the potential for rubbernecking traffic in the bustling downtown put those properties out of contention.
Moving along the road like a bustling traveler was a tight little commotion of air: a newly forming whirlwind.
This romantic panorama makes you quite oblivious of the nearness of the noisy, bustling Kaiserstadt.
"The compliments of the Lilac to you, my dear Miss," said he, bustling in.
He played a bustling if not a brilliant part in the political movements of his day.
"That's so," assented Mrs. March, bustling about to stir up the fire.
Next morning I was again first at the office; and by daylight in the bustling city, things took a different complexion.
"be active," 1570s (bustling "noisy or excited activity" is from early 15c.), frequentative of Middle English bresten "to rush, break," from Old English bersten (see burst (v.)), influenced by Old Norse buask "to make oneself ready" (see busk (v.)), or from busk (v.) via a frequentative form buskle. Related: Bustled; bustling; bustler.
"activity, stir, fuss, commotion," 1630s, from bustle (v.).
"padding in a skirt," 1788, of uncertain origin, perhaps from German Buschel "bunch, pad," or it might be a special use of bustle (n.1) with reference to "rustling motion."
BUSTLE. A pad stuffed with cotton, feathers, bran, &c., worn by ladies for the double purpose of giving a greater rotundity or prominence to the hips, and setting off the smallness of the waist. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]