flimflam vs hustle what difference

what is difference between flimflam and hustle



flimflam (countable and uncountable, plural flimflams)

  1. Alternative form of flim-flam


flimflam (third-person singular simple present flimflams, present participle flimflamming, simple past and past participle flimflammed)

  1. To swindle or cheat.



From Dutch husselen or by metathesis from Dutch hutselen (to shake up), a frequentative of hutsen (to stir, to move something (back and forth)).


  • IPA(key): /ˈhʌsəl/
  • Rhymes: -ʌsəl


hustle (third-person singular simple present hustles, present participle hustling, simple past and past participle hustled)

  1. To push someone roughly, to crowd, to jostle.
  2. (intransitive) To rush or hurry.
  3. (transitive) To bundle; to stow something quickly.
  4. (transitive) To con or deceive; especially financially.
  5. To play deliberately badly at a game or sport in an attempt to encourage players to challenge.
  6. (informal) To obtain by illicit or forceful action.
  7. (informal) To sell sex; to work as a pimp.
  8. (informal) To be a prostitute, to exchange use of one’s body for sexual purposes for money.
  9. To dance the hustle, a disco dance.
  10. (informal) To work.
  11. (informal) To put a lot of effort into one’s work.


  • (to rush): fly, make tracks; see also Thesaurus:rush
  • (to deceive): defraud, swindle; see also Thesaurus:deceive
  • (to be a prostitute): sell one’s body, turn tricks; see also Thesaurus:prostitute oneself
  • (to work as a pimp): pimp; see also Thesaurus:pimp out
  • (to work): labor


  • Dutch: hosselen



hustle (countable and uncountable, plural hustles)

  1. A state of busy activity.
  2. A propensity to work hard and get things done; ability to hustle.
  3. (preceded by definite article) A type of disco dance, commonly danced to the Van McCoy song The Hustle.
  4. (prison slang) An activity, such as prostitution or reselling stolen items, that a prisoner uses to earn money in prison.

Derived terms

  • hustle and bustle
  • hustler
  • hustly
  • on the hustle




  • Hulets, Lesuth, Lueths, sleuth

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