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 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 So, of course, markets went gangbusters as stocks went on a tear and, spurred on by falling yields, bonds were up big as well. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "10 Things Investors Can Bank on in the New Year," 27 Dec. 2019 Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony’s fundraising for his 2020 election campaign has gone gangbusters in the past three months. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Sheriff Gregory Tony fundraising soars as ex-Sheriff Scott Israel’s pace slows," 13 Dec. 2019 In 1986 or so, somewhere out West, Reagan gave a speech that went like gangbusters. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Catching Up With Mitch," 5 Dec. 2019 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

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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 20 Feb. 2020.

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