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gung ho

or gung-ho  (gŭng′hō′)
adj. Slang
Extremely enthusiastic and dedicated.

[Earlier Gung Ho, motto of certain US Marine forces in Asia during World War II, from Mandarin gōnghé (short for gōngyè hézuòshè, Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society) : gōng, work (from Middle Chinese kəwŋ) + , to be joined together, combine (from Middle Chinese xɦap).]
Our Living Language Gung ho is one of many words that entered the English language as a result of World War II. It comes from Mandarin Chinese gōnghé, the slogan of the gōngyèhézuòshè, the Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society. (The gōng in gōnghé means "work," while means "combine, join.") Marine Lieutenant Colonel Evans F. Carlson (1896-1947) heard the expression and thought it was well-suited to the spirit he was trying to foster among his Marines, the famous "Carlson's Raiders." Carlson began to use it as a moniker for meetings in which problems were discussed and worked out, and his Marines began calling themselves the "Gung Ho Battalion." Gung ho soon began to be used to describe any person who shows eagerness, as it still is today. Other words and expressions that entered English during World War II include flak, gizmo, task force, black market, and hit the sack.

gung ho

(ɡʌŋ həʊ)
adj
1. extremely enthusiastic and enterprising, sometimes to excess
2. (Military) extremely keen to participate in military combat
[C20: pidgin English, from Mandarin Chinese kung work + ho together]

gung ho

A phrase adapted from a Chinese term meaning work together, used to describe a dedicated and enthusiastic person or attitude.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.gung ho - very enthusiastic and dedicated
enthusiastic - having or showing great excitement and interest; "enthusiastic crowds filled the streets"; "an enthusiastic response"; "was enthusiastic about taking ballet lessons"

gung ho

adjective
Slang. Showing or having enthusiasm:
Informal: crazy.
Slang: nuts.
Translations

gung ho

gung-ho [ˌgʌŋˈhəʊ] adjenthousiaste

gung ho

adj (inf)übereifrig
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