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come on like gangbusters

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.
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come on like gangbusters

AMERICAN, 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.
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come on like gangbusters

verb
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like gangbusters, come on/going

Proceed noisily and vigorously. The term originated in the United States in the 1940s, when Gangbusters was the name of a popular radio program in which the police “busted” (pursued and caught) gangsters. The program was known for its sound effects, especially at the beginning, which featured police sirens, roaring motors, screeching brakes, and the like. This noisy urgency later was transferred to any enterprise.
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"By 1983, the economy was going like gangbusters, and the best thing about it was that the private sector was allocating the money more efficiently than would have been possible had the government been directing the investments.
Ever since the summer slowdown (the result of high energy prices, slow job growth and flat consumer spending), our economy has been going like gangbusters. Oil is now below $50 a barrel, businesses are starting to hire again and stocks are on the move.
Arcade ran out of quarters, but The Egg's Autobahn wheels is still going like gangbusters.
"It was going like gangbusters for a while for us, but it's slowed down a bit," Cox comments.
Pirated copies of movies are going like gangbusters. As a result, reopening theaters have found that their auds have already seen many popular movies on video.
Albert Boorstein, took over supervision of the research and things were soon going like gangbusters, or at least they would have if I had been just the teeniest bit more cooperative.