hell-bent for leather
Moving recklessly fast, as in Out the door she went, hell-bent for leather. The use of hell-bent in the sense of “recklessly determined” dates from the first half of the 1800s. Leather alludes to a horse's saddle and to riding on horseback; this colloquial expression may be an American version of the earlier British army jargon hell for leather, first recorded in 1889.
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A leather swordbelt, gold-embroidered at the edges, carried a long steel-halted rapier in a leather scabbard chaped with steel.
The sleeves of his doublet which protruded from his leather casing were of the same colour and material as his trunks.
He frowned, and bent his head, and his long hair fell over his face, while the poor Stuttgardter sat there like a beaten hound.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
This judicial bent of the child is a curious one and often develops a priggish fondness for setting others morally straight.Children's Ways|James Sully
Lady Maude advanced; she had really come in by accident; her head was bent, her eyelashes rested on her flushed cheeks.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood