Definition of gangbuster in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡaNGˌbəstər/


North American informal
1A police officer or other person who takes part in breaking up criminal gangs.
Example sentences
  • She tries not to come in like a whirlwind or gangbusters and turn things upside down.
  • His record as a terror fighter is about as dismal as his record as a gangbuster is laudable.
  • For 25 years, he has been a gangbuster for the United States attorney in Chicago, a workhorse prosecutor who put away dozens of organized crime figures with piercing arguments, a devotion to justice and a gentlemanly style.
1.1 [as modifier] Very successful, especially commercially: the restaurant did a gangbuster business
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  • After a brief period where the Fetish Café became the Fetish Funhouse and where ‘things just weren't quite right,’ the club has recently returned to its old formula and is, once again, doing gangbuster business.
  • The first half of 2000 had gangbuster growth, leading many media organizations to have false hopes and expectations for the full year.
  • Although he is struggling with Anaheim, they are having gangbuster seasons.


go (or like) gangbusters

North American Used to refer to great vigor, speed, or success: the real estate market was going gangbusters it’s growing like gangbusters
More example sentences
  • Yes, 1999 was a good year and we're going like gangbusters right now.
  • All of a sudden jobs are miraculously going like gangbusters.
  • Naturally, this has his mother's matchmaking radar going like gangbusters.

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Syllabification: gang·bust·er

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