To rustle up
Rustle Rus"tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rustled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rustling}.] [AS. hristlan to rustle; or cf. Sw. rusta to stir, make a riot, or E. rush, v.] 1. To make a quick succession of small sounds, like the rubbing or moving of silk cloth or dry leaves. [1913 Webster]

He is coming; I hear his straw rustle. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To stir about energetically; to strive to succeed; to bustle about. [Slang, Western U.S.] [1913 Webster]

3. To steal; -- used of livestock and esp. of cattle. [PJC]

{To rustle up} To gather or find by searching; as, to rustle up some food for supper. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To brustle up — Brustle Brus tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Brustled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brustling}.] [OE. brustlien and brastlien, AS. brastlian, fr. berstan to burst, akin to G. prasseln to crackle. See {Burst}, v. i.] 1. To crackle; to rustle, as a silk garment.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rustle up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you rustle up something to eat or drink, you make or prepare it quickly, with very little planning. [V P n (not pron)] Let s see if somebody can rustle up a cup of coffee... [V P n (not pron)] Many tasty and nutritious meals… …   English dictionary

  • rustle up — To arrange, gather together, esp at short notice • • • Main Entry: ↑rustle * * * ˌrustle ˈup [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they rustle up he/she/it …   Useful english dictionary

  • rustle up something — rustle up (something) to make or get something quickly. Instead of eating out, she rustled up a romantic little dinner. They want $100 by tomorrow, and I can t rustle that amount up so quickly …   New idioms dictionary

  • rustle up — (something) to make or get something quickly. Instead of eating out, she rustled up a romantic little dinner. They want $100 by tomorrow, and I can t rustle that amount up so quickly …   New idioms dictionary

  • rustle up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms rustle up : present tense I/you/we/they rustle up he/she/it rustles up present participle rustling up past tense rustled up past participle rustled up informal to quickly produce something such as a meal using …   English dictionary

  • rustle up — verb to quickly prepare something. Ill see if I can rustle up a meal before the guests start arriving in 30 minutes …   Wiktionary

  • Rustle — Rus tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rustled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rustling}.] [AS. hristlan to rustle; or cf. Sw. rusta to stir, make a riot, or E. rush, v.] 1. To make a quick succession of small sounds, like the rubbing or moving of silk cloth or dry… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rustle something up (for somebody) — ˌrustle sthˈup (for sb) derived (informal) to make or find sth quickly for sb and without planning • I m sure I can rustle you up a sandwich. • She s trying to rustle up some funding for the project. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • rustle — rustlingly, adv. /rus euhl/, v., rustled, rustling, n. v.i. 1. to make a succession of slight, soft sounds, as of parts rubbing gently one on another, as leaves, silks, or papers. 2. to cause such sounds by moving or stirring something. 3. to… …   Universalium

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