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

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Online outreach, which he was seen as starting at a disadvantage, has been gangbusters. Philip Elliott, Time, "Joe Biden Keeps Stumbling. The Democratic Pile-On Is Just Getting Started.," 21 June 2019 Portland’s attendance has been gangbusters as well since joining MLS in 2011. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Wins are fixing the Rapids’ serious attendance problem in Commerce City," 7 June 2019 The Society follows this exact formula to gangbusters results. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix’s The Society Is a Creepier Version of Gossip Girl—and I Can’t Stop Watching," 10 May 2019 Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign is off to a gangbusters financial start, raising $6 million in just 24 hours, more than even Bernie Sanders. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Beto’s Apology Tour," 18 Mar. 2019 That’s the fundamental story here, which is that this economy is growing gangbusters and the market remains in denial. Fortune, "'I’ve Never Been This Bullish' on the U.S. Economy, Bank of America Strategist Says," 28 June 2018 Over the abundance of an American Thanksgiving feast, students who have read the paper will also be able to respond to the random uncle who works in the non-profit sector and insists that socialism is working like gangbusters in Scandinavia. James Freeman, WSJ, "College Kids Not Endorsing Socialism, But They’re Open to It," 29 Oct. 2018 Yes, the Giants pitching staff has been gangbusters, but those three teams are extraordinarily dangerous at the plate. Henry Schulman,, "Giants face white-hot A’s at crucial decision-making time," 12 July 2018 That is not going to be a sign that the economy is doing gangbusters. Fox News, "Ari Fleischer: Trump wanted a trade war, he's getting one," 3 July 2018

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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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