Definition of gangbuster in US 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.’
    • ‘His record as a terror fighter is about as dismal as his record as a gangbuster is laudable.’
    • ‘She tries not to come in like a whirlwind or gangbusters and turn things upside down.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Very successful, especially commercially.
      ‘the restaurant did a gangbuster business’
      • ‘Although he is struggling with Anaheim, they are having gangbuster seasons.’
      • ‘Is that healthy, to be growing risk assets at a gangbuster rate while returns on those assets are diminishing?’
      • ‘That's not gangbusters, but it has been good enough to raise labor compensation by 4 1/2% in the past year.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘In the financial press the gangbuster talk is of a powerhouse economy and a buoyant and robust outlook.’
      • ‘The first half of 2000 had gangbuster growth, leading many media organizations to have false hopes and expectations for the full year.’
      • ‘Suddenly, without my realizing it, my pen begins to skim over paper at a gangbuster pace.’
      • ‘After gangbuster 9.9% growth in this year's first quarter, the economy is slowing.’
      • ‘Profits aren't likely to keep growing at the gangbuster pace of recent quarters, but the conditions are right for continued expansion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tech and telecom fund losses - despite a gangbuster rally since Apr. 4-are ugly.’


  • go (or like) gangbusters

    • Used to refer to great vigor, speed, or success.

      ‘the real estate market was going gangbusters’
      ‘it's growing like gangbusters’
      • ‘All of a sudden jobs are miraculously going like gangbusters.’
      • ‘General Motors is going gangbusters thanks to trucks and zero-percent financing; its October selling rate is near an 18-million-unit annualized rate.’
      • ‘Upmarket outfitter Abercrombie & Fitch is going gangbusters across the US with its surf-themed Hollister stores.’
      • ‘With the economy going gangbusters, the unprecedented past two years of massive job losses in the face of rising economic growth is probably at an end.’
      • ‘Yes, 1999 was a good year and we're going like gangbusters right now.’
      • ‘‘It's going gangbusters,’ said Dr. Dale Wallis.’
      • ‘On a competition level, it went gangbusters: the VTR-SP1 and SP2 won two out of the three SBK titles it contested, before Honda pulled the plug at the end of 2002 to focus on MotoGP.’
      • ‘Naturally, this has his mother's matchmaking radar going like gangbusters.’
      • ‘The last time I talked to her, she complained that while her career was going gangbusters, she was striking out in the love department.’
      • ‘Some newly listed companies are going gangbusters, however.’