- 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
Idioms and Phrases with like gangbusters
Energetically, forcefully, loudly. For example, This is a soft passage—the horns shouldn't come in like gangbusters. This expression alludes to a popular radio series entitled Gangbusters, which featured explosive sound effects, such as gunfire and sirens, at the beginning of each episode. [Slang; late 1930s]