stubbornly or recklessly determined.
going at terrific speed.
in a hellbent manner; with reckless determination; at full speed.
(informal) (postpositive) and foll by on. strongly or rashly intent
also hell-bent, 1835, U.S., originally slang, from hell + bent (1).
Strongly determined; recklessly eager: They are hell-bent to cut taxes again before election (1835+)
Related Terms hell-for-leather adverb Rapidly and energetically; all-out, flat out: Frank and Pat had gone hell-for-leather over this territory [1889+; origin unknown; perhaps related to British dialect phrases go hell for ladder, hell falladerly, hell faleero, and remaining mysterious even if so, although the leather would then be a very probable case of folk etymology […]
[hel-boks] /ˈhɛlˌbɒks/ noun, Printing. 1. (def 9).
[hel-brawth, -broth] /ˈhɛlˌbrɔθ, -ˌbrɒθ/ noun 1. a magical prepared for an evil purpose, as in black magic.
[hel-kat] /ˈhɛlˌkæt/ noun 1. a bad-tempered, spiteful, woman; shrew. 2. a woman with magic powers derived from evil sources; witch. /ˈhɛlˌkæt/ noun 1. a spiteful fierce-tempered woman n. also hell-cat, “volatile woman,” c.1600, from hell + cat. noun A volatile and dangerous woman (1605+)