Come on like gangbusters



verb phrase

To begin or proceed in a vigorous fashion: I come on like the Gang Busters and go off like The March of Time

[1942+; fr the radio program Gangbusters of 1937–1942, which was introduced by a noisy miscellany of sirens, shots, screeches, music, etc]

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