bus|tle

bus|tle
bus|tle1 «BUHS uhl», verb, -tled, -tling, noun.
–v.i.
to be noisily busy and in a hurry: »

The children bustled to get ready for the party. Let the great world bustle on (Emerson).

–v.t.
to make (someone) hurry or work hard: »

The jolly old man bustled them out of the house (Charles Kingsley).

–n.
noisy or excited activity; commotion; fuss: »

There was a great bustle as the children got ready for the party.

SYNONYM(S): ado. See syn. under stir. (Cf.stir)
[perhaps imitative]
bus´tler, noun.
bus´tling|ly, adverb.
bus|tle2 «BUHS uhl», noun.
1. (formerly) a pad, cushion, or small wire frame used to puff out the upper back part of a woman's skirt.
2. a fullness at the back of a woman's skirt just below the waist as made by a bow or gathering of material
[perhaps special use of bustle1]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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