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

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gangbuster was in 1930

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“Gangbuster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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