go gangbusters

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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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Brent Peskin now manages the Northridge deli, while his his sister, Carie, and her husband, Marc Hernandez, manage the Westlake Village deli that went gangbusters after opening in 2006.
MAJOR APPLIANCE SHIPMENTS went gangbusters in November, generating the biggest year ever within 11 months.
It went gangbusters,'' said Dineh Mohajer, the 24-year-old founder and president of Hard Candy.