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like gangbusters

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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like gangbusters

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.
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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]
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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.
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like gangbusters

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.
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like gangbusters

Slang
With great impact, vigor, or zeal: came on like gangbusters at the start of his campaign; a career that took off like gangbusters.
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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.
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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.
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On a grander scale, the new nebula observations could hold clues to star formation in distant galaxies, including so-called starburst galaxies, in which stars are forming like gangbusters. The energetic stars that power Hell nebulas "may be common in starburst galaxies, especially in those with low abundances of heavy elements, notes Garnett.
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