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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from buskle 'to prepare' (16-17 centuries), from busk 'to get ready, prepare' (13-21 centuries), from Old Norse buask 'to prepare yourself'

bustle

1 verb
     
bus‧tle1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to move around quickly, looking very busy
bustle about/round etc
Madge bustled round the room, putting things away.

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