- a law-enforcement officer who specializes in breaking up organized crime, often by forceful or sensational means.
- someone or something having great impact, usually in a positive way.
- gangbusters, an outstandingly successful state or situation: We aren't looking for gangbusters, but we'd like you to pass all your subjects this semester.
- of or like a law-enforcement officer who uses rough, aggressive, or sensational tactics in fighting crime: The undercover agents avoided the gangbusters approach.
- strikingly effective or successful: a gangbusters year for compact cars.
- enthusiastic: I'm not gangbusters over the idea.
- go gangbusters, to be extremely successful: The movie went gangbusters.
- like gangbusters, with great speed, intensity, vigor, impact, or success: The software market was growing like gangbusters. The hockey team came on at the beginning of the season like gangbusters.
Origin of gangbuster
Examples from the Web for gangbusters
Everyone knows the cast of Orange Is the New Black gets along like gangbusters.Orange Is the New Black’s Kimiko Glenn on Hippie Brook Soso and Chapel Sex with Natasha Lyonne
June 18, 2014
Winchell was on a gangbusters kick, making noise in his column about blowing Lansky's whole operation.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
Once this thing gets going, and it gets going very quickly ... it just rolls along like gangbusters.Latest ‘Breaking Bad’ Episode, ‘Ozymandias,’ Is Most Action-Packed Yet
September 16, 2013
According to Schilling, the cast gets along like gangbusters, and she describes filming as “one big party.”‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Taylor Schilling on Her Path to Prison
July 30, 2013
And also psychopharmacology had started to come in in the 1950s, gangbusters in the 1960s.America’s Depression Diagnoses Epidemic and How to Fix It
March 30, 2013
Word Origin and History for gangbusters
to come on like gangbusters (c.1940) is from U.S. radio crimefighting drama "Gangbusters" (1937-57) which opened with a cacophony of sirens, screams, shots, and jarring music.