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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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  • It's all for the good of the hellbent fellows the way things are arranged in this world at the present time.

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  • Lively Woman is indeed, as Carlyle would put it, "hellbent" on purification of politics by adding herself as an ingredient.

British Dictionary definitions for hellbent

hellbent

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

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

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