[hel-fer-leth -er] /ˈhɛl fərˈlɛð ər/ Informal.
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.
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 with a vague sense of the leather involved in riding tack]
noun 1. a narrow channel in the East River, in New York City.
[hel-gruh-mahyt] /ˈhɛl grəˌmaɪt/ noun 1. the aquatic larva of a dobsonfly, used as bait in fishing. /ˈhɛlɡrəˌmaɪt/ noun 1. (US) the larva of the dobsonfly, about 10 cm long with biting mouthparts: used as bait for bass Also called dobson
[hel-hound] /ˈhɛlˌhaʊnd/ noun 1. a mythical watchdog of hell. 2. a fiendish person. /ˈhɛlˌhaʊnd/ noun 1. a hound of hell 2. a fiend n. also hell-hound, “wicked person;” also “Cerberus,” Old English hellehund; see hell + hound.
[hel-in-jer] /ˈhɛl ɪn dʒər/ noun 1. Mark, 1903–47, U.S. writer and film producer.