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hell-for-leather

[ hel-fer-leth-er ]
/ ˈhɛl fərˈlɛð ər /
Informal.
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adjective
characterized by reckless determination or breakneck speed:The sheriff led the posse in a hell-for-leather chase.
adverb
in a hell-for-leather manner; hellbent: motorcycles roaring hell-for-leather down the turnpike.
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Origin of hell-for-leather

First recorded in 1885–90
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