hustler (2)

American and Australian English
This page is about the slang term hustler (2).

Meaning: a skilled player, esp. at pool or billiards, who cheats other players by pretending to be an average player and then challenging them to play for money

For example:

  • There was this hustler in the pub last night playing pool. He got about two hundred dollars before the guys realised they were being hustled.

  • If we catch hustlers in our pool hall, we throw them out after getting back any money they've won.

Variety: This is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

A pool-playing hustler makes money by

a. teaching other players

b. cheating other players

c. charging other players

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Contributor: Matt Errey