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go gangbusters

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.
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go gangbusters

proceed 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.
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"She has gone gangbusters meeting people and thinking about where she wants to go next."
While RDC has been steadily growing, Galvan acknowledged that the service has not gone gangbusters yet.
The organic movement has gone gangbusters. As a result of its popularity, changes are being made on both ends: attempts for more stringent regulations to keep organic standards high and attempts at fewer regulations to help fuel the spread of the high-grossing organics industry.
"There were definitely some skeptics at first, but the area has gone gangbusters since," said Patton.
Albany, she says, has "gone gangbusters at cutting through all the problems you have" rebuilding a downtown.