- stubbornly or recklessly determined.
- going at terrific speed.
- in a hellbent manner; with reckless determination; at full speed.
Origin of hellbent
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Examples from the Web for hell-bent
No one is saying you wake up every morning hell-bent on killing unarmed black kids.The St. Louis Rams Enter the Ferguson Fray
December 1, 2014
Brienne demands the deformed, less savage Clegane brother fork her over, but he refuses, hell-bent on receiving his bounty.Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s Epic S4 Finale Showdown with The Hound
June 16, 2014
Food stamps have already been cut, and congressional Republicans are hell-bent on cutting them further.With the Ryan-Murray Deal, Washington Stops Hurting the Economy
December 11, 2013
They are also hell-bent on seeking retribution against members who turn their backs on the gang or snitch to the police.What’s So Scary About the Texas Aryan Brotherhood? Take a Look at the Indictments
April 3, 2013
For a candidate whose opponents on the right were hell-bent on hanging the RINO label on him, it was a problem.Romney’s Flip-Flops on Gun Control Over the Years
July 25, 2012
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.Jeff Briggs's Love Story
"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
- (postpositive and foll by on) informal strongly or rashly intent
Word Origin and History for hell-bent
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper