like gangbusters

like gangbusters
phrasal with great or excessive force or aggressiveness <
came on like gangbusters
; also with great speed or success <
making money like gangbusters — Martha Hume

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • like gangbusters — mod. with great excitement and fury. (From the phrase come on like gangbusters. “Gangbusters” was a radio show that came on with lots of sirens and gunshots.) □ She works like gangbusters and gets the job done. □ They are selling tickets like… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • like gangbusters — adverb Vigorously, rapidly, zealously, or forcibly; in a manner which has considerable impact. Put an actress in knock out clothes and shell come through like gangbusters …   Wiktionary

  • like gangbusters — American, informal very successfully. Both books have been selling like gangbusters …   New idioms dictionary

  • like gangbusters — idi+inf with vigor and speed …   From formal English to slang

  • go (or like) gangbusters — with great vigour or success. → gangbuster …   English new terms dictionary

  • come on like gangbusters — American, informal to start doing something eagerly and with a lot of energy, especially performing or talking to people. In one of his most renowned performances, Cagney comes on like gangbusters as hoodlum Tom Powers …   New idioms dictionary

  • come on like gangbusters — Go to come on strong …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • gangbusters — 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • gangbusters — ☆ gangbusters [gaŋ′bus΄tərz ] pl.n. Slang police or officials engaged in combating criminal gangs: now chiefly in like gangbusters, very forcefully, energetically, or effectively * * * …   Universalium

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