from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A law enforcement officer who works to break up organized criminal groups.
  • adj. Extremely successful: an experiment yielding gangbuster results; a profitable, gangbusters quarter.
  • idiom like gangbusters Slang With great impact, vigor, or zeal: came on like gangbusters at the start of his campaign; a career that took off like gangbusters.

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  • n. A law enforcement officer who specializes in disrupting organized crime.


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