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Isn't hustling by definition doing things that are ethically and legally shady?

Not at all. Hustle means going out and making things happen by talking to people and promoting yourself. It does not imply shady behavior at all. All entrepreneurs hustle.

One of the Original definitions is illegal or unethical activities.


No. There are several ways to use the word, and "hustling" as it's used around HN and in this article, doesn't mean it's shady.

hus┬Ětle verb


sell aggressively.

"he hustled his company's oil around the country"

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