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gung-ho

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

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

gung ho
/ (ɡʌŋ həʊ) /

adjective
extremely enthusiastic and enterprising, sometimes to excess
extremely keen to participate in military combat

Word Origin for gung ho

C20: pidgin English, from Mandarin Chinese kung work + ho together
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Cultural definitions for gung-ho

gung-ho

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with gung-ho

gung ho

Also, gung-ho. Extremely enthusiastic or dedicated, as in She was gung ho about her new job. This expression was introduced in 1942 as a training slogan for a U.S. Marine battalion, derived from what an American officer thought were Mandarin Chinese words for “work together.” It was actually an abbreviation for the name of Chinese industrial cooperatives.

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