gung ho

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Etymology[edit]

From a World War II catachresis of Mandarin 工合 (gōnghé), interpreted as (gōng, “work”) + (, “together”) to mean "to work together", itself an acronym for 工業合作社工业合作社 (Gōngyè Hézuòshè, “Chinese Industrial Cooperative Society”).

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gung ho ‎(comparative more gung ho, superlative most gung ho)

  1. (informal, derogatory) Very enthusiastic or energetic.
    No matter how gung ho you are when you start, you will tire as you become mired in details.

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