A term used almost exclusively by Americans, who are somehow still in denial about how rigged the economic system is in favor of the ultra-rich, to describe the second or even third job they have to work to meet the same standard of living their parents had 30 years ago.
All through his childhood, Mike's parents drilled into him that if he studied hard and went to college, the world would be his oyster. Unfortunately, everyone's parents said that, so everyone went to college. Suddenly, college cost several times as much, people were graduating with six figures of student loan debt, and the value of their degrees plummeted because of the law of supply and demand. Now, Mike is working full-time as a coffee barista. It isn't enough to pay rent and save money, so Mike had to move back in with his parents and take a second job driving nights for a rideshare program. This leaves just enough to afford the downpayment on a mortgage if he's willing to live with his parents until he's 40 and nothing horrible happens, like a worldwide pandemic or something. He refuses to acknowledge that the economic system is rigged against him, so instead of organizing for higher pay, better social programs, student loan debt relief, and higher taxes on the people who are ripping him off, he deludes himself into thinking he's "got this" and calls his second job a "side hustle" to make the fact that he's being screwed seem cool.
by states_the_obvious January 22, 2022
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Sideline that brings in cash; something other than your main job. Maybe playing weekend gigs or life coaching. SELLING AMWAY IS NOT A SIDE HUSTLE -- it's just a stupid way to alienate your friends.
When start up your own business you probably want to get some side hustle going. Maybe a small low stress consulting job on how to get a side hustle going.
by Bill Peters October 9, 2006
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When you’re trying to play it cool and professional, but you’ve got some dirty business going on in your pants. Your loose-cut boxer briefs have to be put in their place so your manhood doesn’t get smushed and knocked around. So you pick a side and let it ride.
Every Friday, Dave wears the same jeans, and every Friday he’s at it with that same aggressive, two-handed Side Hustle. Nothing business casual about it.
by Tommy_John October 13, 2015
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What black men call their attempts to record a rap cd at age 35 while working part time as a custodian, living in their mother's basement and not paying child support!
Awwww Baby, Livin at my mommas house is only temporary, you know I got my side hustle in the works!
by Thysbe May 23, 2008
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A side hustle is non career oriented employment.
For example food stands, ticket selling, seasonal jobs all are a side hustle
by etro516181 April 10, 2023
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Hustling the side chick out of the house before the wife comes home.
I need to rent an apartment for my side chick hustle so I don't have to get her out of the house everytime we bounce the bed.
by Jon Coxtoasten May 22, 2023
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