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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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Contemporary definitions for go gangbusters
verb phrase

to proceed very vigorously or successfully

Examples

The women go gangbusters at the flea market.

Usage Note

informal

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Slang definitions & phrases for go gangbusters

go gangbusters

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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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