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hell-for-leather

[ hel-fer-leth-er ]

adjective

  1. characterized by reckless determination or breakneck speed:

    The sheriff led the posse in a hell-for-leather chase.



adverb

  1. in a hell-for-leather manner; hellbent:

    motorcycles roaring hell-for-leather down the turnpike.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hell-for-leather1

First recorded in 1885–90

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Example Sentences

The sepoys usually swarm out hell-for-leather and we rush to meet them.

When Peggy's father died, Colling was going it hell-for-leather—just about as fast as they're made.

And there she was, galloping into that field, hell-for-leather, unwrapping her long-tailed whip as she came.

Rode hell-for-leather down here to haid off that coyote there—and done it, too.

Another Maronite resented that, and killed a Druse; and they were all at it, hell-for-leather.

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