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gangbuster

[gang-buhs-ter] /ˈgæŋˌbʌs tər/
noun, Informal.
1.
a law-enforcement officer who specializes in breaking up organized crime, often by forceful or sensational means.
2.
someone or something having great impact, usually in a positive way.
3.
gangbusters, an outstandingly successful state or situation:
We aren't looking for gangbusters, but we'd like you to pass all your subjects this semester.
adjective, Often, gangbusters
4.
of or like a law-enforcement officer who uses rough, aggressive, or sensational tactics in fighting crime:
The undercover agents avoided the gangbusters approach.
5.
strikingly effective or successful:
a gangbusters year for compact cars.
6.
enthusiastic:
I'm not gangbusters over the idea.
Idioms
7.
go gangbusters, to be extremely successful:
The movie went gangbusters.
8.
like gangbusters, with great speed, intensity, vigor, impact, or success:
The software market was growing like gangbusters. The hockey team came on at the beginning of the season like gangbusters.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; gang1 + buster
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Word Origin and History for gangbusters
n.

to come on like gangbusters (c.1940) is from U.S. radio crimefighting drama "Gangbusters" (1937-57) which opened with a cacophony of sirens, screams, shots, and jarring music.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gangbusters

gangbusters

adverb

: The big investigation still going gangbusters?/ Dad is still alive and going great gang-busters

noun

Superlative; very successful: ''Breakfast Time'' does that well. I think it's going to be gangbusters

Related Terms

like gangbusters

[1970s+; fr the name of a radio series that lasted from 1936 to 1957]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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