Posted by ESC on March 12, 2004
In Reply to: Gangbusters posted by Randy on March 12, 2004
: looking for the origin of the phrase "selling like gangbusters. any help appreciated. thanks!
Gangbuster - noun. Journalism. A law enforcement officer or officers who is actively and successfully engaged in the breaking up of criminal gangs. Do (or go) gangbusters, from the entertainment business, to be extremely successful. "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994.