- wholeheartedly enthusiastic and loyal; eager; zealous: a gung-ho military outfit.
- 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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Examples from the Web for gung-ho
Now it's true, he makes no campaign contributions, so he's obviously not a gung-ho big-P Political Republican.Donald Sterling and the Neverending Fantasy of ‘Democrat’ Racism
April 28, 2014
The gung-ho stimulators have leaned heavily on their faith in stable, predictable, and sizeable short-term Keynesian multipliers.America's Investment Crisis
October 7, 2010
This would not be the last time he began a Web venture with gung-ho spirit and left it with a shrug.Why Prince Hates the Internet
July 8, 2010
Extremely enthusiastic or zealous: “He was gung-ho about going on a vacation to the beach.”
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