gangbuster

noun
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 And while no single category has done gangbuster business, anything relating to science and math seems to have been doing very, very well during the pandemic. James Tarmy, Bloomberg.com, "Retail Might Be Struggling, But the Rich Are Buying Rare Books," 9 Nov. 2020 But at the time, neither governments nor consumers seemed too concerned about emissions, and the demand for oil was growing like gangbusters to fuel a global economic expansion. Justin Worland, Time, "The Reason Fossil Fuel Companies Are Finally Reckoning With Climate Change," 16 Jan. 2020 One final word to the wise: Test on a small area before going gangbusters. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "If You Haven't Wiped Down Your Walls in a While, Now Is the Time To Do It," 15 May 2020 The elderberries have been growing like gangbusters. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hartford couple started farming to feed their family, and then the idea grew," 8 May 2020 Both men are Jewish, from the Northeast, and neither one has done gangbusters among African Americans in their past campaigns for office. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Bernie’s Dream Rival," 11 Feb. 2020 The stock market didn't exactly go gangbusters during this bull market between 1974 and 1980. Matt Egan, CNN, "US stocks are nearing a bear market. Here's what caused the last 12 bears," 9 Mar. 2020 The budget handgun sold like gangbusters, so Mossberg decided to give shooters a larger version in 2020. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "Best Cheap Guns of SHOT Show 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 Real estate agents are finding fewer bidding wars in downtown Boston, but those working in the surrounding suburbs say their markets are going gangbusters. Boston.com Real Estate, "Luxury in the Burbs: What about $3 million gets you," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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“Gangbuster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gangbuster. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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