gang·​bust·​er | \ ˈgaŋ-ˌbə-stər How to pronounce gangbuster (audio) \

Definition of gangbuster

: one engaged in the aggressive breakup of organized criminal gangs
like gangbusters
: with great or excessive force or aggressiveness came on like gangbusters also : with great speed or success was selling like gangbusters

Examples of gangbuster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are many films that fail in North America but do gangbuster business in major foreign markets. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's New Self-Censorship Mess in China," 16 Oct. 2019 The gangbuster ending flings a pile of spinning plates in the air. Carolyn Kellogg, Houston Chronicle, "Kate Atkinson’s dreamy detective returns in ‘Big Sky’," 28 June 2019 On Wall Street, the IPO market is going gangbusters. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Can a Mattress Startup Be a Tech Company, Too?—Data Sheet," 16 Sep. 2019 Ben Mankiewicz, the host of Turner Classic Movies, talks with the 88-year-old Winkler about his gangbusters Hollywood career. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (September 15)," 12 Sep. 2019 This Dan also fund-raises like gangbusters, to the degree that his campaign coffers helped prop up a major and much-needed statewide victory for North Carolina Democrats. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Two Dans, Two Elections, and No Winners," 10 Sep. 2019 The resale market is going gangbusters on Facebook, and mature marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist have new competition from Letgo, Offerup and others. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: CBD-infused products land in Texas, and Swappa wants to sell your electronics," 26 July 2019 Analysts are expecting job growth of around 175,000, which isn’t gangbusters, but respectable nonetheless. Alan Murray, Fortune, "A Jobs Report for Recession-Watchers: CEO Daily," 7 June 2019 The stockmarket is going gangbusters, rising by 19% so far this year. The Economist, "America’s expansion is now the longest on record," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of gangbuster

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gangbuster

gang entry 1 + bust entry 2 + -er entry 2

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6 Dec 2019

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“Gangbuster.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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