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Like a bat out of hell

adverb phrase

Very rapidly; lickety-split: They split like a bat out of hell (1921+)

Related Terms

take off like a bigass bird
Moving extremely fast, as in She ran down the street like a bat out of hell. This expression presumably alludes to the rapid darting movement of bats and, Charles Earle Funk theorized, their avoidance of such light as might be cast by the fires of hell. [ c. 1900 ]
For a synonym, see like greased lightning


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