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 for bustle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bustle \Bus"tle\, n.
     Great stir; agitation; tumult from stirring or excitement.
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           A strange bustle and disturbance in the world. --South.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bustle \Bus"tle\, n.
     A kind of pad or cushion worn on the back below the waist, by
     women, to give fullness to the skirts; -- called also
     bishop, and tournure.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bustle \Bus"tle\ (b[u^]s"s'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bustled
     (-s'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Bustling (-sl[i^]ng).] [Cf. OE.
     buskle, perh. fr. AS. bysig busy, bysg-ian to busy + the
     verbal termination -le; or Icel. bustla to splash, bustle.]
     To move noisily; to be rudely active; to move in a way to
     cause agitation or disturbance; as, to bustle through a
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           And leave the world for me to bustle in. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a rapid active commotion [syn: bustle, hustle,
           flurry, ado, fuss, stir]
      2: a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving
         fullness to a woman's skirt
      v 1: move or cause to move energetically or busily; "The
           cheerleaders bustled about excitingly before their
           performance" [syn: bustle, bustle about, hustle]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  195 Moby Thesaurus words for "bustle":
     accelerate, ado, agitation, bake, beat, bilk, bite, bluff, bluster,
     bluster and bluff, blustering, boastfulness, bobbery, boil,
     boiling, bother, botheration, bravado, brouhaha, bullying, bundle,
     burst, buzz about, chase, cheat, chisel, chouse, churn, clamor,
     commotion, conturbation, cozen, crowd, dash, dash off, dash on,
     discomposure, disorder, dispatch, disquiet, disquietude,
     disturbance, double-time, drive, drive on, dust, ebullience,
     ebullition, eddy, effervescence, embroilment, excitement, expedite,
     fanfaronade, feery-fary, ferment, fermentation, festinate, fever,
     feverishness, fidgetiness, fidgets, fit, flap, flit, flurry,
     fluster, flutter, flutteration, flutteriness, fly, foment, forward,
     fume, furore, fuss, fussiness, get going, get moving, gyp, hassle,
     haste, hasten, hasten on, hectoring, helter-skelter, hie on,
     hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly-burly, hurry, hurry about, hurry along,
     hurry on, hurry through, hurry up, hurry-scurry, hustle, hustle up,
     inquietude, intimidation, jitters, jumpiness, kiln, leap,
     lose no time, maelstrom, make a fuss, make haste, malaise, moil,
     move quickly, nerviness, nervosity, nervousness, overreach,
     pell-mell, perturbation, plunge, post, pother, precipitate, press,
     press on, push, push on, push through, quicken, race,
     railroad through, rant, ream, restlessness, rodomontade, roil,
     rout, row, ruffle, run, rush, rush about, rush along, rush around,
     rush through, scamper, scramble, scurry, scuttle, seethe, seething,
     side, spasm, speed, speed along, speed up, splutter, spur, spurt,
     sputter, stampede, stew, sting, stir, swagger, swashbucklery,
     sweat, swirl, swirling, take, tear, tear around, to-do,
     trepidation, trepidity, tumult, tumultuation, turbidity,
     turbulence, turmoil, twitter, unease, unquiet, unrest, uproar,
     upset, urge, vortex, whip, whip along, whirl, whirlpool, whirlwind,
     whisk, whiz about, yeastiness

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