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hellbent

[hel-bent] /ˈhɛlˌbɛnt/
adjective
1.
stubbornly or recklessly determined.
2.
going at terrific speed.
adverb
3.
in a hellbent manner; with reckless determination; at full speed.
Origin of hellbent
1825-1835
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; hell + bent1
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  • After that she was sure I was a lost soul and hell-bent for certain.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • He's hell-bent on takin' Dinsmore to prison so as to make a big name for himself.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • Let a man be hell-bent or heaven-bent, somewhere in his track is a woman's feet.

  • "I'll make it three, seein' ye're so hell-bent on a trade," he called.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • But he was hard-mouthed, and stiff-necked and hell-bent on having his own way about things.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
British Dictionary definitions for hell-bent

hellbent

/ˌhɛlˈbɛnt/
adjective
1.
(informal) (postpositive) and foll by on. strongly or rashly intent
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Word Origin and History for hell-bent

hellbent

adj.

also hell-bent, 1835, U.S., originally slang, from hell + bent (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hell-bent

hell-bent

adjective

Strongly determined; recklessly eager: They are hell-bent to cut taxes again before election (1835+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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