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come on like gangbusters
informal To do something with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Primarily heard in US. When I presented the case to my students, they came on like gangbusters to try to solve the mystery. Our offense came on like gangbusters and overwhelmed the other team.
With a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Primarily heard in US. When I presented the case to my students, they came on like gangbusters to try to solve the mystery. Our offense came on like gangbusters and overwhelmed the other team.
be going gangbusters
To be happening with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, or success. Primarily heard in US. Our offense was going gangbusters in the second period—that's how we were able to overwhelm the other team.
To happen with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Primarily heard in US. When I presented the case to my students, they went gangbusters to try to solve the mystery. Our offense went gangbusters and overwhelmed the other team.
come on strongand come on like gangbusters
to seem aggressive; to impress people initially as very aggressive and assertive. She has a tendency to come on strong, but she's really a softie. The new president comes on strong at first.
with great excitement and speed. (From the phrase "Come on like gangbusters," a radio show that "came on" with lots of noise and excitement.) She works like gangbusters and gets the job done. They are selling tickets 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]
be going gangbustersAMERICAN, INFORMAL
If something is going gangbusters, it is having a very successful period. Although the company's cable operations are going gangbusters, its finances are still shaky. Their economy has been going gangbusters, with gross domestic product growth of 8 per cent or so most years. Note: You can also say that someone or something does something like gangbusters, meaning very successfully. He has recently published a book of poems, which is selling like gangbusters. Note: A gangbuster is someone, especially a police officer, whose job is to break up criminal gangs.
come on like gangbustersAMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone comes on like gangbusters, they start to behave very energetically and sometimes aggressively. The Lakers, who struggled early, came on like gangbusters at precisely the right time, which is to say, when the playoffs started.
go gangbustersproceed very vigorously or successfully. North American informal
Literally, a gangbuster is ‘a person who assists in the vigorous or violent break-up of criminal gangs’, from which the more general sense of ‘a successful person’ has developed. The phrase like gangbusters means ‘vigorously and successfully’.
1994 Wall Street Journal Sotheby's glamorous semi-annual black tie auction of contemporary art was going gangbusters.
come on strong1 behave aggressively or assertively. 2 make great efforts or advances. informal
like ˈgangbusters(American English, informal) with a lot of energy and enthusiasm: At the time, we were spending money like gangbusters.A gangbuster was a type of police officer in the US who used to find and arrest criminal gangs (= organized groups). The name comes from a radio programme from the 1930s describing FBI (= Federal Bureau of Investigation) cases.
come on ˈstrong (with somebody)(informal) make your feelings clear in an aggressive way: Do you think I came on too strong at that meeting?
come on strongand come on like gangbusters
in. to seem aggressive; to impress people initially as very aggressive and assertive. (See explanation at like gangbusters.) She has a tendency to come on strong, but she’s really a softie. Bob comes on like gangbusters and gets meaner the more he drinks.
come on like gangbustersverb
See come on strong
n. a wild, busy, and successful event. (see also like gangbusters.) Our party was truly gangbusters, for sure.
mod. with great excitement and fury. (From the phrase Come on like gangbusters, a radio show that came on with lots of sirens and gunshots.) She works like gangbusters and gets the job done.
With great impact, vigor, or zeal: came on like gangbusters at the start of his campaign; a career that took off like gangbusters.