Definition of gangbuster in English:



North American
  • 1An officer of a law-enforcement agency who takes part in breaking up criminal gangs.

    • ‘She tries not to come in like a whirlwind or gangbusters and turn things upside down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His record as a terror fighter is about as dismal as his record as a gangbuster is laudable.’
  • 2[as modifier] Very successful.

    ‘the restaurant did gangbuster business’
    • ‘Although he is struggling with Anaheim, they are having gangbuster seasons.’
    • ‘Suddenly, without my realizing it, my pen begins to skim over paper at a gangbuster pace.’
    • ‘That risks turning what would have been a gangbuster expansion into a more modest one.’
    • ‘The result of this explosion in DVD player affordability and portability is gangbuster sales for Dora DVDs - they're up 80 percent over the last year.’
    • ‘In the financial press the gangbuster talk is of a powerhouse economy and a buoyant and robust outlook.’
    • ‘Tech and telecom fund losses - despite a gangbuster rally since Apr. 4-are ugly.’
    • ‘For the industry, the bright spot has been gangbuster growth in online advertising revenue, up 40 to 60 percent at nearly every company.’
    • ‘Is that healthy, to be growing risk assets at a gangbuster rate while returns on those assets are diminishing?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Profits aren't likely to keep growing at the gangbuster pace of recent quarters, but the conditions are right for continued expansion.’
    • ‘Although they went into the show inexperienced, he said, ‘We had a gangbuster show.’’
    • ‘After gangbuster 9.9% growth in this year's first quarter, the economy is slowing.’
    • ‘That's not gangbusters, but it has been good enough to raise labor compensation by 4 1/2% in the past year.’