monkey hustle means: Situation in which people pull your chain so that it appears progress is being made even though nothing is. This subtle smokescreen is intended to confuse. This is an effective way to convince politicians and customer service representatives that something is true. Think of a bunch of monkeys moving around and dancing to make it seem like they’re working hard, but in reality, they’re not. The dancing monkeys will distract you from the ball. (in Community Dictionary, added by Makena Barron)