go like gangbusters(redirected from they went like gangbusters)
go 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 went like gangbusters to try to solve the mystery. Our offense went like gangbusters and overwhelmed the other team.
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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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