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

Historical Examples of 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

    Rudyard Kipling

  • 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