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Topic: AGRICULTURE

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: From the sound;
Sense: 2
Origin: probably influenced in meaning by hustle

rustle

1 verb
     
rus‧tle1
1 [intransitive and transitive]C if leaves, papers, clothes etc rustle, or if you rustle them, they make a noise as they rub against each other:
She moved nearer, her long silk skirt rustling around her.
He rustled the papers on his desk.
2 [transitive]TA to steal farm animals such as cattle, horses, or sheep

rustle something ↔ up

phrasal verb
to make a meal quickly:
I'll rustle up a couple of steaks on the barbecue.
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