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to move or act with a great show of energy (often followed by about):
He bustled about cooking breakfast.
to abound or teem with something; display an abundance of something; teem (often followed by with):
The office bustled with people and activity.
to cause to bustle; hustle.
thriving or energetic activity; stir; ferment.
Contemporary Examples

The Glorious Fourth David Frum July 3, 2012
Scaling the Berlin Wall Michael R. Meyer October 30, 2009
The Obamas’ New Digs Sam Bungey July 23, 2009
Uganda Gays Face New Wave of Fear Under Anti-Gay Bill Caelainn Hogan February 23, 2014
The Catch in “Catch-22” Morris Dickstein September 3, 2011

Historical Examples

Frederic Chopin, Vol II (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
The Every Day Book of History and Chronology Joel Munsell
Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17) Various
The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark

when intr, often foll by about. to hurry or cause to hurry with a great show of energy or activity
energetic and noisy activity
a cushion or a metal or whalebone framework worn by women in the late 19th century at the back below the waist in order to expand the skirt

BUSTLE. A pad stuffed with cotton, feathers, bran, &c., worn by ladies for the double purpose of giving a greater rotundity or prominence to the hips, and setting off the smallness of the waist. [Bartlett, “Dictionary of Americanisms,” 1848]


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