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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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