gangbusters


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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.
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gangbusters

(ˈɡæŋbʌstəz)
pl n
very energetically and aggressively
adv
to perform strongly
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
Translations

gangbusters

[ˈgæŋbʌstəz] NPL (US) to be going gangbustersir viento en popa
to do sth like gangbustershacer algo con paso firme
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The Wall Street scribes were blaming weak earnings reports, but the one we listened in on, Comcast/NBCU, was gangbusters. For that reason, you'd think broadcast stocks would get a pass -- but they didn't.
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