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gung-ho

[guhng-hoh]Informal.
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adjective
  1. wholeheartedly enthusiastic and loyal; eager; zealous: a gung-ho military outfit.
adverb
  1. in a successful manner: The business is going gung-ho.

Origin of gung-ho

introduced as a training slogan in 1942 by U.S. Marine officer Evans F. Carlson (1896–1947) < Chinese gōng hé, the abbreviated name of the Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society, taken by a literal translation as “work together”
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gung-ho

Extremely enthusiastic or zealous: “He was gung-ho about going on a vacation to the beach.”

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