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hustler

[huhs-ler]
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noun
  1. an enterprising person determined to succeed; go-getter.
  2. Slang. a person who employs fraudulent or unscrupulous methods to obtain money; swindler.
  3. Informal. an expert gambler or game player who seeks out challengers, especially unsuspecting amateur ones, in order to win money from them: He earned his living as a pool hustler.
  4. Slang. a prostitute.
  5. a person who hustles.

Origin of hustler

First recorded in 1815–25; hustle + -er1
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Word Origin and History for hustler

n.

1825, "thief" (especially one who roughs up his victims), from hustle (v.) + -er (1). Sense of "energetic worker" (especially, but not originally, a salesman) is from 1884; sense of "prostitute" dates from 1924.

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