like gangbusters

like gangbusters
mod. with great excitement and fury. (From the phrase come on like gangbusters. “Gangbusters” was a radio show that came on with lots of sirens and gunshots.)
She works like gangbusters and gets the job done.
They are selling tickets like gangbusters.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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