[Ads-l] Strange use of "hustle"? Antedates OED sense 2.c?

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sun Aug 23 14:29:54 UTC 2015


Perhaps more like:

2.b. with complement: To push, thrust, force in such a way into or out of a certain position or through a certain space. Also transf. of the action of the wind, tide, etc.
1755   Man No. 21. 3   When the clergyman ended his discourse, the people..directly hussell'd the freethinker into my cart.1841   Dickens Old Curiosity Shop i. xx. 204   Mr. Chuckster was pushed and hustled to the office again.1841   G. Catlin Lett. N. Amer. Indians II. xxxv. 30   My packages..and Indian articles, minerals, fossils..I shall hustle them altogether.1888   A. Jessopp Coming of Friars v. 242   The husband who had just been hustled into his grave.
Or:

2.c. To urge, impel, push forward (into some action) in a rough unfastidious fashion.
1887   R. H. Roberts In Shires ii. 28   He hustles the cob into a canter, and makes for the nearest ford.1890   Spectator 4 Jan.   Women hustled into speech on all sorts of subjects, are like flowers planted in water-glasses with their roots exposed to the light.

("Unfastidious" = "with someone else's paws"?)

If the mavens think Wilson's quote is 2.c., it's an antedating.


Joel


      From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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 Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 8:53 AM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Strange use of "hustle"?
   
Sounds OK to me, if a little old-fashioned.

He took them away hurriedly.  "He hustled them away."

JL

On Sun, Aug 23, 2015 at 1:36 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> Subject:      Strange use of "hustle"?
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> TRANSACTIONS OF THE WISCONSIN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, ARTS, AND LETTERS - Page
> 133
> https://books.google.com/books?id=3Dm6cWAAAAQAAJ
> 1879 - =E2=80=8ERead
> That cunning old pug everybody remembers,
> Who, when he saw chestnuts a-roasting in embers,
> To spare his own bacon, took pussy's two foots,
> And out of the ashes he _hustled_ his nuts.
>
> Not quite the same as
>
> And out of the bedroom he hustled his kids
>
>
> -Wilson


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