Definition of gangbuster in English:



North American
  • 1A police officer or other person who takes part in breaking up criminal gangs.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier]Very successful, especially commercially.
      ‘the restaurant did a gangbuster business’
      • ‘The first half of 2000 had gangbuster growth, leading many media organizations to have false hopes and expectations for the full year.’
      • ‘That's not gangbusters, but it has been good enough to raise labor compensation by 4 1/2% in the past year.’
      • ‘Tech and telecom fund losses - despite a gangbuster rally since Apr. 4-are ugly.’
      • ‘That risks turning what would have been a gangbuster expansion into a more modest one.’
      • ‘In the financial press the gangbuster talk is of a powerhouse economy and a buoyant and robust outlook.’
      • ‘Profits aren't likely to keep growing at the gangbuster pace of recent quarters, but the conditions are right for continued expansion.’
      • ‘After gangbuster 9.9% growth in this year's first quarter, the economy is slowing.’
      • ‘For the industry, the bright spot has been gangbuster growth in online advertising revenue, up 40 to 60 percent at nearly every company.’
      • ‘Although they went into the show inexperienced, he said, ‘We had a gangbuster show.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’