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 With this holiday shopping season predicted to generate gangbuster sales, adequate staffing is crucial to minimize burnout of staff that’s already overworked. Rob Walker, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 Seitz, who once owned a newspaper that promoted Branson’s entertainment industry, boasted in an interview that the Ozark tourist town was doing gangbuster business after a year of being mostly shut down. Jeremy Kohler, ProPublica, 21 July 2021 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, 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, 16 Jan. 2020 One final word to the wise: Test on a small area before going gangbusters. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, 15 May 2020 The elderberries have been growing like gangbusters. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 11 Feb. 2020 The stock market didn't exactly go gangbusters during this bull market between 1974 and 1980. Matt Egan, CNN, 9 Mar. 2020 See More

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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 6 Jul. 2022.

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