Definition of gung-ho in English:


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Pronunciation: /gʌŋˈhəʊ


  • Unthinkingly enthusiastic and eager, especially about taking part in fighting or warfare: the gung-ho tabloids have wrapped themselves in the Union Jack
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    • My favourite piece was a tableau vivant of gung-ho garden gnomes fighting a bloody skirmish, armed to the teeth with power tools.
    • How enthusiastic or gung-ho was he on the decision that the team was coming over here exclusively?
    • They are part mercenary and moral crusader, half gung-ho crazies and concerned artists.


Second World War: from Chinese gōnghé, taken to mean 'work together' and adopted as a slogan by US Marines.

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