- characterized by reckless determination or breakneck speed: The sheriff led the posse in a hell-for-leather chase.
- in a hell-for-leather manner; hellbent: motorcycles roaring hell-for-leather down the turnpike.
Origin of hell-for-leather
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for hell-for-leather
He wants to be a wicked, hell-for-leather fellow, but he hasn't got the stomach for it!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Turn in, Gadsby, and I'll bring Bingle back—ahem—'hell-for-leather.'Soldiers Three
In other words, life's like fox-hunting; choose your line, choose it slowly and carefully, then follow it 'hell-for-leather.'
Another Maronite resented that, and killed a Druse; and they were all at it, hell-for-leather.The Wind Bloweth
Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
When Peggy's father died, Colling was going it hell-for-leather—just about as fast as they're made.A Butterfly on the Wheel
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull