gangbuster


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gang·bus·ter

 (găng′bŭs′tər)
n. Slang
A law enforcement officer who works to break up organized criminal groups.
adj. also gangbusters
Extremely successful: an experiment yielding gangbuster results; a profitable, gangbusters quarter.
Idiom:
like gangbusters Slang
With great impact, vigor, or zeal: came on like gangbusters at the start of his campaign; a career that took off like gangbusters.

gangbuster

(ˈɡæŋˌbʌstə)
n
1. (Law) an officer of the law who specializes in detecting and breaking up criminal organizations, often forcefully or violently
2. a success; hit
adj
3. extremely successful; fantastic
4. (of a person) driven; determined

gang•bust•er

(ˈgæŋˌbʌs tər)

n. Informal.
1. a law-enforcement officer who specializes in breaking up gangs of criminals.
2. gangbusters, an outstandingly successful state.
adj.
3. strikingly effective or successful: a gangbusters year for compact cars.
4. enthusiastic: to be gangbusters over an idea.
Idioms:
like gangbusters, with vigor and speed.
Often, gangbusters.
[1935–40]
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