gangbusters

Definitions

Slang

  • adjective (something) superlative, excellent, impressive. A schoolchildren’s word which is a shortening of the jocular adult phrase ‘like gangbusters’, meaning very strongly, energetically or dynamically. The terms originate in the violently heroic actions of the anti-mob law enforcers (nicknamed gangbusters) of yellow journalism and crime fiction.
  • plural noun (something) superlative, excellent, impressive. A schoolchildren’s word which is a shortening of the jocular adult phrase ‘like gangbusters’, meaning very strongly, energetically or dynamically. The terms originate in the violently heroic actions of the anti-mob law enforcers (nicknamed gangbusters) of yellow journalism and crime fiction.
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