hustle drinks

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Etzatlan

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Español
Hi everyone, quite recently I have come up with a little question about one specific meaning of hustle verb , in the next examples what is the specific sense:

1 - They were paid to hustle drinks out of the customers
a)
They were paid to make the customers(in some tricky way) drink faster and therefore to buy more drinks for themselves , so the bar could sell more beverages. (here, only the customers drink)
b) They were paid to get drinks free from customers (free for them but not for the customer, here customers and freeloaders drink)

2 - A barfly hustling the other customers for drinks
a)
A barfly rushing the other customers into buying more drinks for themselves (pressuring them into buying drinks but only for themselves not for the barfly)
b) A barfly trying to get free drinks from the other customers.


Thanks for any help or correction.
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    1 - They were paid to hustle drinks out of the customers
    a)
    The bar staff were paid to make the customers drink more.

    2 - A barfly hustling the other customers for drinks
    b)
    A barfly trying to get free drinks from the other customers.
     

    Etzatlan

    Member
    Español
    Thank you Keith , I really appreciate your help, now I understand it a little more.

    Kind regards.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s perhaps worth mentioning that “hustle” is not commonly used in this sense in BE (at least in the UK). Oxford defines it as North American and informal.
     
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