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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.
: The big investigation still going gangbusters?/ Dad is still alive and going great gang-bustersnoun
Superlative; very successful: ''Breakfast Time'' does that well. I think it's going to be gangbustersRelated Terms
[1970s+; fr the name of a radio series that lasted from 1936 to 1957]